Minister of State Ring approves €768K in funding for Targeted Community Infrastructure Needs under CLÁR

Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring TD, today (Tuesday) approved €768K, as an initial phase, to community projects in 12 Counties under the Targeted Community Infrastructure Needs measure of the CLÁR programme. The funding will provide support for the renovation and upgrade of community infrastructure in disadvantaged rural areas all over Ireland.

Speaking today, Minister Ring said:

“For many rural communities upgrading and renovation of established community infrastructure is an important part of keeping the communities together. Community halls and other such buildings are places where a diverse range of groups meet and socialise on a regular basis, often in less than ideal surroundings. The funding provided through this measure will support projects such as the renovation of roofing, creation of partition walls to allow for further use of such centres and the upgrading of kitchen and toilet facilities. The funding will also support initiatives such as upgrading and the provision of essential equipment to support economic activity on a number of piers”.     

“The initiatives under this measure have come from the communities themselves and are examples of projects that are considered important to those rural communities in providing support to further enhance social inclusion and economic development in their areas ”. 

The CLÁR programme is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.

The funding announced by Minister Ring comes from the allocation of €5 million made available under CLÁR this year.  The Minister will announce further allocations under the CLÁR programme shortly.


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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