Minister Humphreys announces €160,000 for Cavan community projects
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced over €2.75 million in funding to support 74 community projects nationwide, including four Cavan projects, which will receive combined funding of €162,638.
Under the CLÁR Programme, sports clubs, schools, and community groups will receive grants of up to €50,000 to develop a range of projects that will benefit people of all ages.
Successful projects in County Cavan are located at Brackley Lake, Lough MacNean, Mullahoran GFC, and Ballymachugh GAA and Sheelin Park.
Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Councillor John Paul Feeley said, “I welcome this latest investment in our rural communities, which follows the award of €453,419 in CLÁR funding announced in August. A total of €616,057 in CLÁR funding has now been secured for community projects across Cavan in the past month”.
The latest allocation under CLÁR is a tremendous boost for the communities involved and a great endorsement of the work of the dedicated team in Cavan County Council and the Geopark Office who have put the applications for this funding together to meet the exacting standards of the Department.
This latest announcement follows the award of €453,419 in CLÁR funding announced in August. A total of €616,057 in CLÁR funding has now been secured for community projects across Cavan in the past month and is an indication of the priority of this Government toward the improvement of amenities in communities throughout County Cavan.
Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Mr Tommy Ryan said, “Today’s announcement is yet another example of the excellent work that our Community, Enterprise, and Tourism staff – along with our local community and voluntary sector and partner organisations – are undertaking to improve recreation facilities across Cavan. I thank the Minister and her Department for their continued support of worthy projects in the county”.
Details of the successful applications are as follows:
Brackley Lake Geopark Amenity Area
Upgrade works to the existing amenity area at Brackley Lough including creation of new changing facilities.
Lough MacNean Geopark Community Amenity
Upgrade works to the existing amenity area at Lough MacNean including creation of new changing facilities.
Tarmac existing carpark.
Ballymachugh GAA / Sheelin Park
Astro turf, carpark lighting & walking track lighting.
The investment is the latest to be delivered under Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious rural development policy.
Announcing the successful projects today, Minister Humphreys said:
“Our sports clubs, schools and community groups are the lifeblood of Rural Ireland. They are a focal point – places where people of all ages come together to socialise and meet up with friends. This investment of over €2.75 million under the CLÁR Programme will support 74 diverse community projects the length and breadth of the country.
“It’s an investment that will improve the lives of our young people – providing them with facilities such as astroturf pitches, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts and even outdoor pool areas. The funding will also be used to deliver the likes of walkways and sensory gardens, which families and our elderly people can enjoy.
“The funding I’m announcing today is another example of the positive impact ‘Our Rural Future’ is having in towns and villages the length and breadth of the country. I want to commend the work of all the successful applicants. They should be very proud of the wonderful projects they have put forward on behalf of their communities and I wish them the very best of luck in bringing these projects to fruition.”