CLÁR Programme

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CLÁR Funding 2023

Now closed for Applications 

The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) announced a new round of funding under the CLÁR programme for 2023. 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 schools, local community & voluntary groups and local development companies.

The measures being funded under the 2023 CLÁR programme are:

Measure 1:      Developing Community Facilities & Amenities

Measure 2:      Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport

Measure 3:      “Our Islands”

Measure 1will support a variety of capital interventions provided that they contribute to the enhancement of existing, and/or the development of new, accessible Community Recreation Facilities.

A minimum grant of €5,000 and a maximum grant of €50,000 will apply to this measure. The scheme will provide up to 90% of the cost. The remaining 10% or balance of the cost must be provided through local authority/community/other resources. Philanthropic contributions will be accepted as full or part of match funding costs.

Please note that match funding cannot come from other DRCD Schemes.

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

  • Small scale renovation works to community centres
  • Multi Use Gaming Areas (MUGAs)/ AstroTurf facilities including upgrades
  • Playgrounds/ Skateboard parks/ Pump tracks/ Cycling tracks Walking/ Running/ Athletics tracks
  • Handball Alleys/ Tennis Courts/ Basketball Courts/ Cricket Grounds/ Community Gyms/ Community Cinemas
  • Sensory Gardens/ Community Gardens/ Allotments
  • Access to unique local heritage sites/ areas of natural beauty
  • Outdoor Bowling Areas/ Outdoor Toilet Facilities/ Car Parking
  • Improving access at sports grounds e.g.  development/ upgrade of spectator stands at local sports grounds with a particular focus on improving access for people of all abilities and ages


Apply to by 4pm on Friday, 12 May 2023


Any queries regarding Measure 1 can be emailed to or call 043 334 3307/3456/3472

Useful links for your application:

CLÁR Map County Longford

Applicants can also check their eligibility using the CLÁR interactive map.

CLAR_Longford_DEDs for list of District Electoral Divisions (DED’s) in the CLÁR area in County Longford.

Longford Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP)

Measure 2Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport provides funding for transport and is being administered directly by the Department – closing date 12 May 2023 see

Measure 3:“Our Islands” provides funding for Island Communities for Island Community Transport and Outdoor Community Recreation Amenities. This Measure is being administered directly by the Department – closing date 6 June 2023 see

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CLÁR 2022 Programme

The Department advised of CLÁR Measure 1 funding approvals totaling €530,140.16 for County Longford as follows –

Longford County Council will fund up to 5% towards the estimated cost of these projects.


Project Description

Amount Allocated

Lenamore National School

Specialist Sensory Garden with Musical Play Equipment


Lus na Gréine FRC

Community Auditorium/Cinema/Theatre/ Lecture hall space


Ballymahon Vocational School

MUGA on school grounds


Moyne Community School

An outdoor multi use games area


Lanesboro Primary School

Agility Trail


Sacred Heart Primary School

Outdoor covered area, benches, raised beds


Cullyfad Village Enhancement Scheme

Cullyfad Walking/Running track


Drumlish Community Association CLG (Sports Hub)

Internal Handball wall/painting of exterior/outdoor removable awning


St. Mary's National School, Newtowncashel

MUGA and fencing of same on school grounds


Bridgeways Family Resource Centre

Outdoor recreation area for Teens - outdoor pool table, seating, cross fitness gym, demountable cover


Latin School Community Centre

Civic Amenity Area, landscaping, Parish map.


St. Brigid's GAA Killashee

Carpark works/safety railings to entrance/fence gas tank/bee garden & bee boxes


St. Mary's Community Campus

Replace 3x Fire doors, repair 2 x emergency exit doors and replace a large side door.  Convert a storage room into a multi purpose accessible room.


Mullinalaghta Community Development

Replacement of Wooden Fence and Gates


Mostrim GAA

Pitch Flood Lights - energy efficiency upgrade


CLÁR 2021 Programme

The Department advised of CLÁR funding approvals totaling €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.

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.

Killoe Development Group - 'Killoe Parish Field Walkway'

Walking track, picnic tables and outdoor exercise stations. 

Sacred Heart Primary School

Sensory garden & playground equipment


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.


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