As the Deputy will be aware, CLÁR is an important part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and focuses on areas which have suffered the greatest levels of population decline.
I launched the 2019 CLÁR programme on the 28th February last. The programme provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in disadvantaged rural areas that have experienced significant levels of de-population.
Calls for proposals under the 2019 CLÁR programme were invited under the following measures:
Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
Measure 2: Play Areas (including MUGAs)
Measure 3: 3(a) First Response Support Measure
3(b) Support for Mobility and Cancer Care Transport.
3(c) Sensory Gardens
Applications under Measures 1, 2 and 3(c) are to be submitted by the relevant Local Authority. Applications under Measures 3(a) and 3(b) were invited from voluntary organisations.
The closing date for receipt of applications under the 2019 CLÁR Programme is 25th April 2019. To date, no application in respect of the school referred to by the Deputy has been received by my Department.
After the closing date, my officials will assess all applications received, and I hope to be in a position to announce the successful projects following that process.