Rural and Community Development | Addressing the CLÁR programme
To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the extent to which, the CLÁR programme has assisted communities throughout the country, including County Kildare, in the past year; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
The CLÁR Programme provides funding for small-scale projects in designated rural areas that have experienced significant levels of de-population over a defined period. There are designated CLÁR areas in all counties with the exception of Dublin, Wexford and Kildare.
Since the programme was relaunched in 2016, it has supported a wide range of measures. Funding of over €57 million has been approved for almost 2,100 projects since its re-launch.
This year’s CLÁR programme was launched in February and the measures funded under CLÁR 2022 were:
- Measure 1: Developing Community Facilities and Amenities
- Measure 2: Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport
- Measure 3: ‘Our Islands’
Funding of over €12 million was approved for almost 300 projects under CLÁR 2022. Details of the successful projects can be found on my Department’s website.
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