Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (589)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

589. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development further to Parliamentary Question No.1021 of 5 November 2019, if a school board of management will be allowed to apply for CLÁR funding (details supplied); his views on whether this stipulation should be removed. [47435/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

As advised in my previous response to the Deputy, CLÁR funding has been provided for a range of measures, including for the enhancement or development of Play Areas and Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs). Eligible applicants under this measure include both schools and communities.

The conditions attached to the CLÁR programme require that such facilities should be available for wider community use. In the case of schools, I appreciate that the use of play areas and MUGAs by the general community may need to be restricted to times outside of normal school hours.

However, many schools in CLÁR areas are willing to make their playground facilities available for community use and have received support under the programme on this basis.

I envisage that a further call for proposals under CLÁR will be announced in 2020. Details of the measures to be included in the programme next year will be announced when the call is launched. My Department will be available to provide any necessary clarifications for intending applicants at that time.