Tipperary groups can apply for CLÁR funding to revitalize rural communities – Tipperary Times


Senator Garret Ahearn said: “Fine Gael works to create safer and stronger communities and in
Government, we prioritize programs like the CLÁR program to achieve this. My colleague
Minister Heather Humphreys today announced €7 million nationwide for the CLÁR 2022 programme.
This is significant funding for rural communities, and represents a 25% increase over last year.

“Tipperary groups can now apply for CLÁR funding which supports small-scale infrastructure projects in
rural areas that have experienced significant levels of population decline. The funding is for the
development of facilities and local amenities in rural areas.

“The program covers projects for the improvement or development of the following facilities (non-exhaustive list)…
 Multi-purpose play areas (MUGA)/Astro-Turf facilities
 Skateboard parks
 Playgrounds
 Handball courts
 Tennis courts
 Basketball courts
 Community gymnasiums
 Community cinemas
 Sensory gardens
 Community gardens
 Outdoor bowling areas
 Walking/running trails
 Outdoor toilets
Car parking
 Public lighting

“Voluntary organizations in Tipperary will be able to apply for funding to acquire
vehicles under this fund. This will facilitate free transportation services to daycare centers and medical services for
people with reduced mobility and for those who attend cancer treatment centres.
“For the first time, community first aid organizations, as well as voluntary search and rescue organizations
Organizations can also apply for funding through CLÁR.

“Local groups should check the Department of Rural and Community Development website
for more information and details on how to apply Senator Garret Ahearn concluded.
This announcement is in addition to the recent announcement by Minister Humphreys of a
funding under the Town Centers First policy, intended to support the regeneration of our cities and
villages with targeted funding to support life above shops and downtown.

Speaking of the CLÁR programme, Minister Humphreys added: “The priority of this year’s program
is the development of facilities and amenities that will enhance our rural communities.
“As part of Our Rural Future, I want to make sure in particular that young people living in rural areas have
access to amenities they can enjoy with their friends, whether it’s youth centers, walking trails, basketball
skateboard courts or parks.

“CLÁR provides small grants that can make a big difference and I encourage the local community
groups, youth clubs, men and women sheds and sports clubs to apply through their local authority if they
have a project idea that could make a difference in their region.


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