• 2023 CLÁR Programme to deliver hundreds of projects nationwide
  • Grants for community and sports facilities, youth clubs, playgrounds, sensory gardens, walking tracks and more
  • Upgrades to spectator stands at local GAA and sports clubs to be funded for first time
  • Supports also for Cancer Care Transport, Community First Responders and our offshore islands

The funding, under the 2023 CLÁR Programme, will support hundreds of projects with a particular focus on areas that have experienced significant levels of population decline.

Under the initiative, grants of up to €50,000 will be provided to support the development of

  • community and sports facilities
  • youth clubs
  • playgrounds
  • sensory gardens
  • walking tracks and much more.

And for the first time under the CLÁR Programme, funding will be provided to carry out upgrades and improvements to spectator stands at local GAA and sports clubs.

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There will be specific measures to support Cancer Care Transport, Community First Responders as well as our offshore island communities.

Announcing the details of the programme today, Minister Humphreys said:

The CLÁR Programme is all about supporting rural communities in realising their potential.  It’s about delivering high quality community and sports projects that will make our towns and villages more vibrant places to live and more attractive destinations to visit.

and she continued:

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So from the likes of astro-turfs, playgrounds, sensory gardens and handball alleys to outdoor Cinemas, walking tracks and community gyms – CLÁR is designed to support a vast array of projects that will benefit people of all ages and abilities.

And I’m really pleased today to announce that for the first time, funding will be provided specifically to upgrade and develop spectator stands at GAA and other sports grounds in Rural Ireland.

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I know that there are many local GAA clubs out there that would really benefit from funding to support better access for spectators who attend matches at their grounds. So I’m encouraging these clubs to apply for funding under this year’s initiative.

Since the CLÁR programme was re-launched in 2016, it has made a very positive contribution to some of our most remote and rural communities.  The initiative has supported over 2,100 projects with funding of over €57 million under a range of different Measures. In virtually every town I visit, there are incredible people doing extraordinary work to bring communities together and I want to encourage and support these efforts under CLÁR.

The 2023 CLÁR Programme builds on the response to last year’s Community Centre Investment Fund (CCIF) which approved over €45 million to 858 projects. The focus of that Fund in 2023 will be on new builds. CLÁR 2023 will provide funding for small scale renovation works to existing community centres who did not receive funding under the
CCIF.

  • Measure 1 – Community Facilities and Amenities will be administered by the local authorities in consultation with local communities.
  • Measure 2 – Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport.
  • Measure 3 – Our Islands will be administered directly by the Department.
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