Municipal Districts Operations & Rural Development

CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) Scheme

The CLÁR Scheme 2024 has been launched by the Department of Rural and Community Development. This scheme makes provision for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas. It promotes sustainable development, and it aims to attract people to live and work in the areas it covers. The closing date for receipt of completed project application forms is Wednesday, 22nd May 2024.

The CLÁR Programme allocation has increased from €7.8 million to €8.7 million in 2024, which will cover the following Measures:

Measure 1: Developing Community Facilities & Amenities.

Measure 2: Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport and Meals on Wheels.

Measure 3: “Our Islands”.

Measure 1 is administered through the local authority and can be applied for by the local authority in consultation with groups in local communities.

Measure 2 & 3 applications are to be submitted directly to the Department by the applicant. Information and forms are available on their website CLÁR 2024.

Measure 1:

The updated Measure 1 will support a variety of capital projects that contribute to the enhancement of existing, and/or the development of new, accessible Community Recreation Facilities. The list below provides an indication of the types of interventions that may be supported, but is not exhaustive:

  • Small scale renovation works to community facilities open to the wider community such as community centres/sports centres/clubhouses of sporting groups/youth centres/mens sheds, etc.
  • Multi-Use Gaming Areas (MUGAs)/Astro-Turf facilities including upgrades
  • Playgrounds/Skateboard parks/Pump tracks/Cycling tracks
  • Walking/Running /Athletics tracks
  • Handball Alleys/Tennis Courts/Basketball Courts/Cricket Grounds
  • Community Gyms/Community Cinemas
  • Sensory Gardens/Community Gardens/ Allotments
  • Access to unique local heritage sites / areas of natural beauty
  • Outdoor Bowling Areas/Outdoor Toilet Facilities/Car Parking
  • Improving access at sports grounds e.g. development/upgrade of spectator stands at local sports grounds with a particular focus on improving access for people of all abilities and ages 
  • Solar Bins
  • Biodiversity planting

The Department will prioritise project applications that are in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Climate Action Plan.

The “2024 CLAR Measure 1 Scheme Outline” details the types of allowable interventions, possible funding amounts, and match funding requirements.

Please submit completed Measure 1 project application forms to the relevant Municipal District Office before or on Wednesday, 22nd May 2024, so that they may be considered. These forms will be accepted in MS Word format only.

Relevant Documents:

CLÁR Map - County Cork (pdf)

CLÁR Measure 1 Scheme Outline 2024 (pdf)

Clár Funding 2024 Project Application for Measure 1

Achoimre ar Scéim CLÁR 2024 Beart 1 - Forbairt Saoráidí & Taitneamhachtaí Pobail

Maoiniú Clár 2024 Iarratas Ar Thionscadal do Bheart 1 - Saoráidí agus Taitneamhachtaí Pobail A Fhorbairt

Contact Details:

Municipal District Address Contact Number Email
Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District Officer Municipal Hall, St John's Hill, Kinsale, Co. Cork (021) 4772154
Carrigaline Municipal District Officer Floor 5, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork (021) 4276891
Cobh Municipal District Officer Carrig House, Cobh, Co. Cork (021) 4811307
East Cork Municipal District Officer Municipal District Office, Midleton Lodge, Midleton, Co. Cork (021) 4634580 or (024) 92926
Fermoy Municipal District Officer Cork County Council, Town Hall, Fermoy, Co. Cork (025) 31155
Kanturk-Mallow Municipal District Officer Municipal District Offices, Mallow, Co. Cork (022) 21123
Macroom Municipal District Officer Town Hall, The Square, Macroom, Co. Cork (026) 41545
West Cork Municipal District Officer Town Hall, 7 Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork (023) 8833380