Closing date this week for CLÁR scheme applications

Closing date this week for CLÁR scheme applications


Clare County Council is inviting funding applications for small-scale infrastructure projects from schools, local development companies and established community groups located in CLÁR areas of the county.

The Department of Rural and Community Development has announced a new round of funding for 2019 under the CLÁR scheme, a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small-scale infrastructural projects in areas which have suffered the greatest levels of population decline.

Funding is being provided under three measures, namely Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures (Measure 1) and Play Areas including MUGAs (Measure 2), Community Wellbeing Supports Sensory Play Areas (Measure 3).

There is an allocation of €5million in total for 2019.

Up to 15 applications in total, between measures 1 and 2, may be selected by Clare County Council, providing that they are of sufficient quality and are consistent with developmental planning at a local level, LECP’s, Town plans and any other relevant plans, for onward submission to the Department for its consideration.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 5th April 2019 at 4pm.

For an application form, scheme guidelines and the CLÁR map for County Clare, please visit or email

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.