Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (522)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

522. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding available for the CLÁR Programme in 2018; the number of CLÁR projects that have been applied for by the local authorities in counties Westmeath and Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21129/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation.

I launched the 2018 CLÁR programme on 15 March 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: First Response Support Measure

Applications for funding under Measures 1 and 2 were submitted via the Local Authorities who were asked to submit up to 15 applications in total between the two measures to my Department for consideration under the scheme. Applications under measure 3 were submitted to the Department directly by groups involved as first responders in emergency situations.

The closing date for submission of applications was 30th April. In total, more than 400 applications were received including the following from counties Westmeath and Clare:

Measure

Westmeath

Clare

1

12

3

2

3

12

3

5

2

My officials are currently assessing all applications received under the 2018 CLÁR programme and I hope to be in a position to announce the successful 2018 CLÁR projects in the coming weeks.