CLÁR Funding Scheme 2022

CLÁR is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of population decline. 

Measure 1 will be managed by Cavan County Council and Measure 2 will be managed directly by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD).  

The measures being funded under 2022 CLÁR Funding Scheme are: 

  • Measure 1: Developing Community Facilities and Amenities (Apply to Cavan County Council) 
  • Measure 2: Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport (Apply directly to DRCD)

Measure 1 Developing Community Facilities and Amenities 

Examples of Eligible Interventions: 

  • Multi-Use Gaming Areas (MUGAs)/Astro-Turf Facilities 
  • Playgrounds 
  • Community Gyms  
  • Tennis / Basketball Courts 
  • Handball Alley 
  • Community Gardens 
  • Walking / Running Tracks 
  • Car Parking 
  • Public Lighting 
  • Sensory Gardens 

Rate of Aid 

The maximum level of funding for any individual project is €50,000 and grant-funding is at a rate of 90% of total project costs. 

Measure 2: Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport 

Measure 2 will be administered directly by the Department of Rural & Community Development. Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to be submitted directly to DRCD. 

Rate of Aid: 

Funding will be provided for up to 90% of the total cost of a hybrid/electric vehicle (including fit out), subject to a maximum grant of €50,000 for a wheelchair accessible vehicle and €100,000 for a bus. The scheme will provide up to 80% of the total cost of a petrol/diesel vehicle/fit out subject to a maximum grant of €50,000 for a wheelchair accessible vehicle and €100,000 for a bus.

Ineligible Projects

Taking into consideration the high levels of funding in previous years for School/Community Safety Measures and funding available under other programmes, the 2022 measures and interventions have now been updated to allow for alternative projects to be funded under the Programme.

For 2022, the following interventions will not be funded:

  • Works to current school buildings
  • Footpaths
  • Flashing amber safety lights and safety signs including digital speed safety signs
  • Road markings
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Bus shelters

Funding for safety works at schools and the provision of footpaths is available for Local Authorities under both the Safe Routes to School Programme and the Active Travel Programme operated by the Department of Transport.

How to apply 

 Application forms, guidelines, and EOI for each Measure are available below or on request by email to 

Completed Applications for Measure 1 should be returned to,  

Closing date for receipt of applications by Cavan County Council is 5pm Friday 22nd April 2022.  

Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. 

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