Minister O’Donovan welcomes €8 million in CLÁR funding for community and sports facilities.

Apr 4, 2023

My colleague in Government, Heather Humphreys on Wednesday, March 29th announced the 2023 CLÁR Programme to deliver hundreds of projects nationwide.

The €8 million funding, under the 2023 CLÁR Programme, will support hundreds of projects with a particular focus on areas that have experienced significant levels of population decline.

Under the initiative, grants of up to €50,000 will be provided to support the development of community and sports facilities, youth clubs, playgrounds, sensory gardens, walking tracks and much more.

And for the first time under the CLÁR Programme, funding will be provided to carry out upgrades and improvements to spectator stands at local GAA and sports clubs.

There will be specific measures to support Cancer Care Transport, Community First Responders.

I’m delighted that this initiative will support rural communities in realising their potential – CLÁR is designed to support a vast array of projects that will benefit people of all ages and abilities.

These high quality community and sports projects will make our towns and villages more vibrant places to live and more attractive destinations to visit.

Since the CLÁR programme was re-launched in 2016, it has made a very positive contribution to some of our most remote and rural communities.

The initiative has supported over 2,100 projects with funding of over €57 million under a range of different Measures.

The 2023 CLÁR Programme builds on the response to last year’s Community Centre Investment Fund (CCIF) which approved over €45 million to 858 projects. The focus of that Fund in 2023 will be on new builds. CLÁR 2023 will provide funding for small scale renovation works to existing community centres who did not receive funding under the CCIF.

The majority of towns I visit, there are incredible people doing extraordinary work to bring communities together and I want to continue encouraging and supporting these efforts under CLÁR. I am encouraging communities across county Limerick in CLÁR areas to avail of this support and to contact my office should they need any assistance.

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