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CLÁR 2019 Programme

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Earlier this year the Department of Rural and Community Development announced a new round of funding under the CLÁR programme for 2019. CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small-scale infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage.  CLÁR aims to support sustainable development in identified areas by attracting people to live and work there. The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities. The scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.  It is delivered by local authorities in consultation with groups in local communities.

CLÁR provides funding for small scale capital projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development which was launched in January 2017. The CLÁR programme is also an important part of the overall integrated strategy to support stronger rural economies and communities for Rural Development through the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund as outlined in Project Ireland 2040.

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The Department advised of CLÁR funding approvals totalling €283,284 for County Longford as follows –

Measure 1:  Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures

(Longford County Council will fund 5% towards the estimated cost of these projects)

Cnoc MhuireNew road entrance for bus set down, resurfacing, road markings, fencing, footpaths€47,700.00
Edgeworthstown TidyTownsUpgrade existing walkway€44,537.00
Sacred Heart Primary SchoolImprove carpark facilities, safety signs€41,400.00
St Dominic’s NSPedestrian crossing, road markings, signs€35,092.00
Mullinalaghta Community CentreResurface carpark€30,000.00
Edgeworthstown District Development AssociationUpgrade public lighting€5,870.00
Killasonna National SchoolSafety measures€12,600.00

Measure 2:  Schools/Community Play Areas (including MUGAs – Multi-use Games areas)

(Longford County Council will fund 5% towards the estimated cost of this project.)

Moyne Community SchoolMulti-purpose area - walk/run/cycle pathway€38,439.00

Measure 3(c): Sensory Gardens - “These gardens are designed to stimulate the senses and can be of particular benefit in enhancing the quality of life for people with a diverse range of life challenges.”

(Longford County Council will fund 10% towards the estimated cost of these projects)

Ballinalee Community Group Sensory Garden€21,452.30
St Mary’s Community Campus Sensory Garden€6,193.70

Further Information on CLÁR 2019 Programme is available on the Department of Rural and Community Development Website www.gov.ie

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