Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (445)

Michael Moynihan


445. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the reason only three projects in County Cork were approved funding under the recent CLÁR 2019 measure 1 and 2 allocation; the reason County Cork received just 3% of the total national allocation; the further reason no funding was allocated to projects in north County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41073/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I launched the 2019 CLÁR programme on the 28th February last, with an indicative allocation of €5 million for qualifying projects under the following measures:

Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures

Measure 2: Play Areas/Multi-Use Games Areas

Measure 3: Community Wellbeing Support comprising of

3a: First Response Support

3b: Mobility and Cancer Care Transport 3c: Sensory Gardens

Almost 500 applications were received across all Measures, with more than 300 of those in respect of Measures 1 and 2.

The level of funding sought far exceeded the available budget and it was not possible to fund all of the project applications received.

The CLÁR programme is designed to provide funding for rural areas which have suffered high levels of population decline. The number of projects approved in each county this year under Measures 1 and 2 was decided by reference to the proportion of the CLÁR area within each county. This approach was taken to ensure that counties with a proportionally larger CLÁR area received greater assistance under the programme.

Counties with eligible CLÁR areas were divided into 4 categories - small, medium, large and very large - referring to the proportion of the county as a whole with designated CLÁR areas. This resulted in 6 counties in the medium category, including Cork, being approved for 3 projects each.

The selection of the individual projects had regard, inter alia, to the range, mix, quality and impact of the project proposals submitted.

Almost €6 million has been allocated to 179 projects across all Measures under the CLÁR programme this year. This includes funding for 8 projects in total in County Cork, to the value of almost €300,000.