Groups encouraged to apply for CLÁR funding

Groups encouraged to apply for CLÁR funding


Community groups and schools in the county are being encouraged to apply for funding through the CLÁR programme. 

The programme, which has a budget of €5 million this year, forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides grants for a wide variety of works in rural areas including playgrounds, car parks, public lighting, bus shelters, pedestrian crossings, speed safety signs and other safety measures at schools.

Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey said: “I would strongly encourage community groups and schools in to apply for funding for safety measures near schools and other community facilities, as well as funding for play areas,” Deputy Carey said.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
 “The safety measures coupled with funding for playgrounds and multi-use games areas will assist CLÁR areas to provide safe amenities for their young people thereby increasing the attractiveness of an area from both a social and economic perspective”.

“The scope of the programme will also be extended this year to provide capital funding for innovative, community based projects that do not qualify for other established schemes,” he explained. 

“Applications must be made through Clare County Council so I would encourage groups and schools with an idea or project proposal to make contact with them as soon as possible. 

“This year’s CLÁR programme includes new initiative to support voluntary first-response organisations who provide an excellent service in rural areas, very often under very difficult circumstances. This funding will enable them to purchase or upgrade equipment to help them in their life-saving activities.” 

The programme had been closed for new applications by Fianna Fáil in 2009 which was a huge loss to rural communities.

Deputy Carey said that full details of the scheme will be issued to the local authorities and other relevant organisations in the coming days. 

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.