The CLÁR programme (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme which provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered the greatest levels of population decline. The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas by attracting people to live and work there.  The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities.

CLÁR 2017

Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring TD, announced on the  31st March 2017 details  of the CLÁR programme for 2017.

CLÁR provides funding for small scale capital projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme, which has a budget of €5 million this year, forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development which was launched in January 2017.


CLÁR Measures 1 Approvals

CLÁR Measure 2 Approvals

CLÁR Measure 3 Approvals

CLÁR Measure 4 Approvals


2017  CLÁR Measures

The 2017 CLÁR programme will see funding provided under four measures:

Measure 1:    Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures

Measure 2:    Play Areas

Measure 3:    Targeted Community Infrastructure Needs

Measure 4:    First Response Support Measure

The scheme is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and delivered, for the most part, by the Local Authorities in consultation with local communities.

Criteria and Application forms for Measure 1, 2 & 3 are available from the Local Authorities.

Criteria and  Applications for Measure 4   can be requested by emailing CLAR@chg.gov.ie and are available to download below

CLÁR 2017 Measure 4

Measure 4 – First Response Support Measures Application

Closing date for applications for all CLÁR measures is 5th May 2017.

Should you have any queries in relation to this Scheme, please submit by e-mail to: CLAR@chg.gov.ie

List of CLÁR County  maps              

Carlow   Cavan    Clare   Cork   Donegal

Galway   Kerry    Kilkenny    Laois

Leitrim   Limerick   Longford   Louth

Mayo   Meath   Monaghan   Offaly

Roscommon    Sligo   Tipperary-nr   Tipperary-sr

Waterford   Westmeath   Wicklow

CLÁR County breakdown by DED


CLÁR 2016

The programme had been effectively closed for new applications since 2009 but was reopened by Minister Ring on the 6th of October 2016 with funding provided under the following three measures:

  • Measure 1: Safety package for Schools/Community Facilities
  • Measure 2: Outdoor Play Facilities Enhancement Scheme/support for the development of Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA)
  • Measure 3: Local Access Roads

All Local Authorities with designated CLÁR areas were invited to make submissions under the measures this includes all counties except Dublin, Wexford and Kildare.  On the 1st December 2016 Minister Ring announced funding of €8.24 million to 651 successful projects under the programme.


Details of the successful projects by county are available at the Links below .




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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