Thursday, 24 October 2019

Questions (47)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

47. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the CLÁR scheme nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43044/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme was originally launched in October 2001 but was closed for applications in 2010.  I re-opened the programme in 2016 and, since then, over 1,400 projects have been approved for CLÁR funding of almost €33 million. 

I launched the 2019 CLÁR programme on 28th February last for projects under the following measures: 

Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures  

Measure 2: Play Areas 

Measure 3: Community Wellbeing Support

3a First Response Support

  3b Mobility and Cancer Care Transport

  3c Sensory Gardens.

The programme was over-subscribed, with almost 500 applications received.  Nonetheless, I have announced 179 successful projects across the 3 Measures, to the value of €5.9 million this year. 

Details of successful projects under each Measure on a county basis can be found on the Gov.ie website at: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/f9051a-clar-funding-2019/