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CLÁR 2021 Programme

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CLÁR Funding 2021

In March 2021 the Department of Rural and Community Development announced a new round of funding under the CLÁR programme for 2021. 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 have suffered significant levels of population decline.  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.

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.

The measures being funded under the 2021 CLÁR programme are:

Measure 1: Schools/Community Safety measures

CLÁR 2021 will consider support for interventions that make the school/community facility environs healthier and safer for the children attending the schools, and for children and adults using the community facilities. The works can only take place to the environs of the school/community facility and not to any part of the exterior/interior of the school/community buildings.

A minimum grant of €5,000 and maximum grants as listed in the table in Appendix A (pg6) will apply to this measure. The scheme will provide up to 90% of the cost or the maximum amount outlined in Appendix A (page 6), whichever is the lesser. The remaining 10% or balance of the cost should be provided through Local Authority/community/other resources with a minimum of 5% cash contribution from the School/Community. Philanthropic contributions may be accepted as full or part of match funding costs.

Measure 2: Outdoor Community Recreation Facilities

CLÁR 2021 will consider supports for the enhancement of existing and/or the development of new accessible outdoor community recreation facilities.

This Measure is being expanded in 2021 to include playgrounds, MUGAs and amenities for teenagers/young adults through facilities such as skateboard parks. Upgrades to existing playgrounds, MUGAs, skateboard parks are also eligible.

The list below provides an indication of the types of interventions that may be supported, but is not exhaustive:

Outdoor Cinema Screen, Bandstand/Amphitheatre, Outdoor Drinking Water Fountain, Covered Seating & Picnic Benches, Associated Landscaping & Path Widening, Playgrounds/ MUGAs (new or upgrades), Skateboard Parks, Exercise Class Space, Public Toilets & Bins, Car & Bike Parking

All projects must display and encourage abidance by Leave No Trace principals. The cost of appropriate signage may be included in the overall project costings.

A minimum grant of €5,000 and a maximum grant of €50,000 for projects will be available. The maximum grant payable will be 90% of the project cost or a maximum of €50,000, whichever is the lesser. The remaining 10% or balance of the cost should be provided through local authority/community/other resources with a minimum of 5% cash contribution from the Community.  Philanthropic contributions may be accepted as full or part of match funding costs. 

Measure 3(a): Community Gardens and Allotments

This measure supports community gardens, allotments and sensory gardens. These facilities must be publicly accessible.

The types of items to be funded could include

groundworks, footpaths, raised beds, native pollinator plants, sensory planting and equipment, polytunnels, sheds, rainwater harvesting tanks, fencing, gates, tools as appropriate, benches, picnic tables, shelters and outdoor pizza ovens/BBQ areas.

All projects must display and encourage abidance by Leave No Trace principles. The cost of appropriate signage may be included in the overall project costings.

A minimum grant of €5,000 and a maximum grant of €50,000 for projects will be available. The maximum grant payable will be 90% of the project cost or a maximum of €50,000, whichever is the lesser. The remaining 10% or balance of the cost should be provided through local authority/community/other resources with a minimum of 5% cash contribution from the community.  Philanthropic contributions will be accepted as full or part of match funding costs.

CLÁR 2021 Scheme Outline for Measures 1, 2 and 3(a) -

CLÁR 2021 Scheme Outline for Measures 1, 2 and 3(a)

CLÁR county Map Longford County Council  CLÁR County Map

Applicants can also check their eligibility using this interactive map at: https://bit.ly/2U7sHOp

 District Electoral Divisions (DED'S) in the CLÁR area in County Longford CLAR_Longford_DEDs

Link to LECP – LECP

Any queries regarding Measures 1, 2 and 3(a) can be emailed to CLAR@longfordcoco.ie or telephone 043 3343307 / 3343456

Further Information on the CLÁR 2021 Programme is available on the Department of Rural and Community Development Website https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/-clar/ 

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CLÁR 2021 Programme

The Department advised of CLÁR funding approvals totalling €244,230.84  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)

Colehill Community Group - St. Sinneach's NS Safety MeasuresConstruction of a new public footpath, landscaped apron, road markings and signage to South West corner of Colehill Cross.€45,000.00
Colmcille Area Development Group - Aughnacliffe Village Safety measuresProvision of a footpath, hedge clearance and replacement, drainage works, fencing, safety measures at junction.€30,000.00
St. Patrick's N.S., Killeen/Muckerstaff

Safety signs and covered outdoor area.

€24,355.30
Clonbroney Parish Hall Committee - Lighting in car park and footpath Public Lighting in car park that serves both a national school and a community centre. Provision of a footpath from front of Community Centre to emergency exit doors.€21,624.14

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

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

Dromard Rural Development 

Develop a new playground.

€44,951.40
Killoe Development Group - 'Killoe Parish Field Walkway'

Walking track, picnic tables and outdoor exercise stations. 

€37,800.00
Sacred Heart Primary School

Sensory garden & playground equipment

€40,500.00

Measure 3(a): The funding will support local groups in developing community and sensory gardens, outdoor spaces and allotments.

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

Abbeylara Tidy Towns - 'Abbeylara Community Garden'

Sensory Garden, Outdoor stage, Children's Play Area, Picnic Benches.

€49,999.50

Abbeyshrule Tidy Villages Association - 'Whitworth Aquaduct Gardens'Construction of parking, access path to the riverbank and the creation of a community garden to include native pollinator planting.€49,997.00

CLÁR 2020 Programme

The Department advised of CLÁR funding approvals totalling €265,667.70 for County Longford as follows –

LONGFORD

Measure

School Name/Community Facility Name/LDCProject DescriptionAmount of CLÁR funding requested
1Aughnacliffe Village - Colmcille Area Development Group 

Construction of access footpath & public lighting€43,950.00
1Ardagh NSPedestrian crossing, widen footpath, signage€45,303.30
1Drumlish Ballinamuck Community Development ClgFootpath€42,480.00
2The Green - Edgeworthstown District Development Association ClgOutdoor seating, picnic areas, landscaping, outdoor events space at The Green€12,542.40
1Lanesboro Community CollegeFootpath and railing€15,118.20
1Fr. McGee Park - Colmcille GAA ClubCar park, footpath, lighting and related works€46,273.80
1Carrickedmond GAADevelop parking facilities€30,000.00
1Ballymore GAACar park resurfacing€30,000.00

Longford County Council funded 5% towards the estimated cost of these projects.

Further Information on CLÁR 2020 Programme is available on the Department of Rural and Community Development Website - Link