Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announced today that he has given sanction for Clare Local Development Company to approve funding of €200,000 to Kildysart Community Focus Ltd.
The Rural Development Funding is sought towards the development of an Astro Pitch facility in the village of Kildysart under the Measure 322 – Village Renewal and Development.
The Kildysart Community Focus Ltd is seeking the funding to assist in the development of an Astro Turf facility on a site in the centre of the village at Kildysart. The project also includes the provision of flood-lighting and fencing.
Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said “This project will be of immense benefit to the resident of Kildysart and the surrounding area. I know it will improve the quaility of life and will strengthen the social and economic fabric for all the community.
The LEADER elements of the Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism. It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the Programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.
The Minister added “the project will now go back to the Board of Clare Local Development Company for the final approval on the project. This is in line with the EU’s “bottom-up” approach to rural development”.