CLÁR Funding Scheme 2024 Now Open for Applications

Apr 16, 2024 | News, Press & Events

The CLÁR programme for 2024 is now open for applications. €8.7 million is available in funding for small scale projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of population decline.

The programme is divided into three measures, which cover the different initiatives supported by the scheme.

Under Measure 1 of the 2024 initiative, grants from €5,000 to €50,000 are being provided to support the development of community and sports facilities, youth clubs, playgrounds, sensory gardens, walking tracks and much more.

Measure 2 supports voluntary groups that provide free transport to people receiving cancer care and other treatment as well as Community First Response Support and Search and Rescue organisations. This year organisations providing a meals on wheels service are eligible to apply.

The measure comes with maximum grants of €50,000 for a car and €100,000 for a bus.

Measure 3 is designed to support offshore island communities, with maximum grants of €120,000 available for community transport projects and up to €50,000 available for amenities projects.

Closing dates for applications under each measure:

Measure 1: Apply to your Local Authority by 19th June 2024

Measure 2: Apply directly to Dept. of Rural and Community by 5th June 2024

Measure 3: Apply directly to Dept. of Rural and Community by 19th June 2024

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