Over €700,000 announced for CLÁR Projects in the Midland Region
Published: 1st December 2016
Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, today 01 December 2016, announced the allocation of over €700,000 in funding to Midland based projects under CLÁR 2016.
The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR 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 programme has been effectively closed for new applications since 2009 but was reopened by Minister Ring on the 6th of October 2016 and funding is being provided under these three measures:
- Safety package for Schools/Community Facilities
- Outdoor Play Facilities Enhancement Scheme/support for the development of Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA).
- Local Access Roads
In announcing the funding Minister Ring said “I am delighted to be able to announce this funding for very worthy projects in disadvantaged rural areas, “it is important that issues such as safety at schools and community centres and the development of amenities for young people in rural areas are addressed. I am confident that the funding provided through CLÁR will support communities as they look to ensure their children are safe and have recreational amenities available to them in their own communities”.
The Minister said “It is also important that communities are able to access the natural resources in their area for their own health and social benefit and to offer attractive options to visitors to the area.