CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage. The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas with the aim of attracting people to live and work there. The funding works in conjunction with local/Agency and other Departmental funding programmes and on the basis of locally identified priorities.
Funding Allocation for 2018
There is an allocation of €5million in total for 2018, of which, up to €4 million is available under 2 measures to be operated via Local Authorities for a range of School and Community projects.
Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures (€2M)
Measure 2: Play Areas (Including MUGAs) (€2M)
Measure 3: First Response Support Measure (€1M)
|Scheme launch||15th March|
|Applications to be received by the Local Authority||By April 20th|
|Assessment and decisions, contracts||By May 31st|
The 2018 scheme will allow for applications to be submitted to the LA from Schools, Community Groups and also from Local Development Companies.
Up to 15 applications in total, between measures 1 and 2, may then be selected by the LA, providing that they are of sufficient quality and are consistent with developmental planning at a local level, LECP’s, Town plans and any other relevant plans, for onward submission to the Department for its consideration.
Applications under measure 1 may include a number of different elements (see detailed measure outline below) in respect of a single facility (school or community) up to the maximum funding limit outlined in the measure.
Please note that applications in respect of each separate facility must be submitted on a separate application form.
Application forms detailing projects in respect of multiple facilities will not be considered.
NB Please note Measure 3 First Response Support Measures is managed directly by the Department of Rural & Community Development, Rural Schemes, Government Offices, Ballina, Co Mayo F26 E8N6 – Phone – (076)1006829
The Department will select a number of projects in whole or in part and will take the proportion of the county that is within CLÁR into account in the decision making process (e.g. Clare has more than 120 District Electoral Divisions (DEDs) in CLÁR, whereas Wicklow only has 7). Where facilities have received funding in the past, particularly under CLÁR 2017, the Department may take that into account when making final decisions regarding project selection and may prioritise those that have not received funding previously.
Where the LA intends to submit applications under both measures, it would be helpful, in the context of the decision making process, if the application indicated which projects the LA itself would prioritise in the context of planning at a local level.
Applications should be submitted on the relevant application form for each measure and all relevant details should be inserted in the enclosed template also. It is important that both the application form and the template listing the projects submitted for funding, are completed correctly.
It is also important that all additional/supplementary documentation is submitted with applications.
Please Note: Where the application form or the template is not completed correctly, or where any additional/supplementary documentation is not submitted at the time of application; the application may not be considered further.
It is expected that the LA will take a lead role in the delivery of many of the projects approved by the Department. However, it is envisaged that LDC’s may, with the agreement of the LA and the relevant community applicants, be permitted to take on the project delivery phase. In such cases the Department will enter into a contract directly with the LDC and not the LA.
Projects to be delivered by the LDC should be clearly identified on the project application form and the template provided.
Applications should detail all of the costs associated with the proposed project and only items of a capital nature that are integral to the project should be included.
All administration costs/professional fees associated with the proposed project should be kept to a minimum and be clearly detailed on the application form. Such costs will be eligible up to a maximum of 12.5% of the overall project costs.
Grant Payment arrangements
100% after certification by the LA/LDC that the project has been completed.
Drawdown requests for payment should only be submitted by the LA/LDC when the LA/LDC has itself incurred the expense. It is not acceptable that a drawdown request be submitted to the Department if invoices etc submitted to the LA/LDC by community groups/contractors remain unpaid.
Phase payments may be possible in limited circumstances and on a case by case basis following submission of case details to the Department
Completed Applications for Measures 1 and 2 should be returned to Municipal District Office, Limerick City & County Council, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
Closing date for receipt of applications for Measure 1 & Measure 2 is 5pm Friday April 20th 2018.
Applications will not be considered after this date.
For further information contact Margaret Corbett 069-62100 Municipal District Office Newcastle West.