Many rural communities in County Westmeath and South Roscommon will benefit from the funding announced under the CLÁR scheme, as part of the government’s rural development policy ‘Our Rural Future’.
The funding, administered by Minister Heather Humphreys and the Department of Rural Affairs, will support sports clubs, schools, local development associations and concerned groups in developing facilities that will benefit people of all ages in rural communities .
The community of Rosemount received €50,000 for street lighting upgrades, while a similar amount was allocated to the development of a multipurpose play area at Tang National School for all children to use. community members.
Ballymore GAA has received €50,000 for the construction of a new synthetic turf installation and fencing on the local GAA club ground, while the village community center is also receiving €50,000 for the development of a new car park.
Welcoming the news, local Minister of State for Fine Gael MP Peter Burke noted that the funding allocations reflected the hours of work put into community group participation and funding applications.
“I am delighted to confirm this morning that five local authorities will benefit from €250,000 under Measure 1 of the CLAR scheme. I have worked with my fellow Councilor Tom Farrell on several of these projects and I am happy to see that they have been supported.
“Ballymore Community Center will now be able to provide parking at the Community Centre, there will be a multipurpose play area provided at Tang NS for use by the whole community and a new Astro and fence at Ballymore GAA, while that the community of Rosemount will benefit from increased and modernized public lighting.
“These projects will mean that these communities and school areas will be safer for locals and residents to enjoy.
“The CLÁR program is large and only rural areas that have experienced depopulation and certain levels of deprivation are eligible, which means that the communities most in need of support are targeted. Minister Michael Ring, while in that portfolio, reopened the program after it was put on hold just after the recession. CLÁR aims to support sustainable development in identified areas by attracting people to live and work there.
“This is Measure 1 which provides support for schools and community safety measures. Further rounds of the program will be announced later this summer and these will include funding for outdoor community recreation facilities and community wellbeing measures including community gardens and allotment gardens, as well as mobility , cancer care and first responder transportation.
“If you think your community might be in a CLAR area, I have a map in my office or I can email it to you so you can check. These grants are a great resource for communities and the Minister Humphreys continues to expand grant opportunities year after year,” said Deputy Minister Burke.
Deputy Minister Burke’s thoughts were echoed by those of his government colleague, Deputy Minister Troy, who noted that the funding announced prioritizes the needs of rural communities.
“The government talks about a comprehensive approach to rural development. Every community is different and people in towns and villages in rural Ireland know what their community needs most. This program and the funding announced today prioritizes the needs of rural communities.
“I have been delighted to work with some of these groups to submit their funding applications and I hope this new funding will make our Westmeath communities even more attractive to work, live and raise a family,” said MP Troy .
Meanwhile, in South Roscommon, a grant of €25,926 has been granted to Moore Community Hall which will provide disabled parking spaces and create outdoor space.
Noting the transformation that has taken place at Moore Community Hall in recent times, local Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan noted that the local volunteer group is planning an official opening in due course following the conclusion of the relevant work.
“Moore Community Council has transformed the hall over the past few years making it a hub of activity with plays and musical performances over the past few months. This renovation program including funding from EU LEADER, Just Transition and Roscommon County Council will develop the Education and Training Center as well as a digital hub.
“It is a source of pride for the local community and I am happy to see that €25,000 has now been allocated under CLÁR to continue this work on disabled parking and outdoor spaces. The team, made up of Carmel Scott, Valerie Duffy and Pat Feehily, recently met with Minister Heather Humphreys and highlighted the impact of volunteer groups in the local community. The Moore Community Hall and its President, Willie Naughton, are planning a grand opening later in September and it will be a great cause for celebration,” enthused Senator Dolan.