CLÁR

Applications are now open for the CLÁR Programme 2020, which includes new measures to support rural communities with a particular emphasis on responding to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

CLÁR is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage at Schools /Community Facilities.

Measures 1 and 2 will be managed by Cavan County Council and Measure 3  will be managed directly by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The measures being funded under the 2020 CLÁR programme are:

Measure 1: Schools/Community Safety measures (expanded in 2020)

Measure 2: Community Recreation Areas (new in 2020)

Measure 3: Community Wellbeing Supports, comprising:

- 3(a) Meals on Wheels and linked services (new in 2020)

- 3(b) Mobility and Cancer Care Transport

 

Measure 1 - Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures

Rate of Aid: Up to 90% funding available

Grant Range € 5000 -€ 50,000

 

Eligible Interventions:

  • Pedestrian Crossings at schools/community facility
  • Access footpaths at schools /community facility
  • Car Parking facilities to access schools or community facilities. 
  • COVID-19 safety related intervention (need and rationale must be demonstrated in the Project Information section of the application form).

 

Eligible Applicants: Schools, Community Groups, Local Development Companies, Local Authorities.

 

Measure 2 - Community Recreation Areas  

Rate of Aid: Up to 90% funding available

Grant Range € 5,000 to € 50,000

 

Eligible Interventions:

The Measure will support a variety of capital interventions provided that they contribute to the enhancement of existing, and/or the development of new, accessible Community Recreation areas where people can socialise outdoors in safe community.  The list below provides an indication of the types of interventions that may be supported, but is not exhaustive:

  • Outdoor Cinema Screen
  • Outdoor Drinking Water Fountain
  • Covered Seating and Picnic Benches
  • Covered BBQ Areas
  • Exercise Class Space
  • Handball Alley renovation
  • Bandstand Amphitheatre
  • Blackboard
  • Outdoor electric connection
  • Public Toilets and Bins
  • Car and Bike Parking

 

Eligible Applicants: Schools, Community Groups, Local Development Companies, Local Authorities.

 

Measure 3 - Community Wellbeing Support

Measure 3(a): Meals on Wheels and Linked Services Community Wellbeing Supports

This measure will be operated directly by the Department of Rural and Community Development and is open to established organisations and groups that operate partly or entirely on a voluntary basis and are involved in the provision of meals on wheels with linked services that require support in order to deliver this service.

Recognising the critical role of community groups in responding to COVID-19, and in particular the response of those groups providing meals on wheels and other linked services, CLÁR 2020 sees the introduction of funding for community groups providing meals on wheels services. This will fund community organisations that provide meals on wheels and other linked community services for:

  1. The adaptation of existing vehicles; and 
  2. The purchase of kitchen and/or delivery equipment required in the provision of the Meals on Wheels service. 

Rate of Aid: The scheme will provide up to 90% of the total cost of the equipment being applied for with minimum grant amount of €2,000 up to a maximum of €20,000.  In the case of regional or national organisations, a maximum grant of €100K may apply where the parent group is submitting applications on behalf of several member groups.

 

 

Measure 3(b): Mobility and Cancer Care Transport

This measure will be operated directly by the Department of Rural and Community Development and is open to established organisations/groups that operate entirely on a voluntary basis who provide:

  1. Transport to/from day care/other medical/therapy/respite services for those with significant mobility issues including requiring specialised wheelchair accessible vehicles
  2. Transport to/from designated cancer treatment hospitals/centres under the National Cancer Care Programme. 

Rate of Aid: The scheme will cover 90% the cost of a vehicle and/or the fit out of a vehicle where necessary up to a maximum of € 50,000 for a wheelchair accessible vehicle and €100,000 for a bus.

The scheme will not cover any ongoing running costs such as insurance, maintenance, fuel etc. Applicant organisations will be required to outline how they will manage the ongoing operation of the vehicle.

Eligible Applicants: The measure is open to established, voluntary organisations/groups that operate on a voluntary basis, and are involved in the provision of transport services, free of charge, to persons requiring wheelchair accessible vehicles to access day care/other medical/therapy/respite services and/or those requiring transport to/from hospitals for treatments under the National Cancer Care.

 

How to apply

Application Forms and scheme guidance may be downloaded at the links below:

 

 

 

 

 

Completed Applications for Measures 1 and 2 should be returned via email to ttierney@cavancoco.ie

 

Closing date for receipt of applications by Cavan County Council is 5pm on Friday, 31 July 2020.

 

Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.