Longford groups invited to tap into €5m Clár fund

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Leitrim community groups and schools encouraged to apply for CLÁR funding

Schools and local community groups are being invited to tender applications under a recently re-opened government programme designed to revive rurally isolated pockets of Co Longford.

The CLÁR Programme is part of the Government’s programme for Rural Development which has also recently seen the launch of the Towns and Village Renewal Scheme, a new phase of the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative, and funding for rural recreation infrastructure under the Rural Recreation scheme.

Over €4m is available nationally under three measures to be operated via local authorities for a range of school and community projects.

Among them include €2m for schools and community safety measures, €1.5m for targeted community infrastructure needs and €750,000 towards schools and community play areas.

Grants of up to €50,000 are available for schools and community safety projects, with grants of between €5,000 and €50,000 likewise available for the remaining two areas.

The maximum grant available stands at 90 per cent of the project cost or a maximum of €50,000, whichever is the lower of the two amounts.

The remaining balance of the cost is provided through local authority, community or other resources with a minimum five per cent cash contribution from the receiving group.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is April 27 at 5pm. They can be sent to Community Development Department, Longford County Council, Arás an Chontae, Great Water Street, Longford.