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CLÁR Scheme

CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline.

The CLÁR Funding Scheme is available to areas of population decline in County Waterford as defined in the CLÁR area map and in the List of CLÁR Electoral Districts


Clár 2024

The CLÁR 2024 Funding Scheme is now open for applications.

The measures being funded under the 2024 CLÁR programme are:

Measure 1: Developing Community Facilities & Amenities

Measure 2: Mobility, Cancer Care, Community First Responder and Meals on Wheels Transport

Measure 3: ‘Our Islands’


Measure 1 will be operated by Waterford City and County Council.  Applications should be made by word document and should be submitted to Waterford City and County Council.  Please email completed applications to by Monday 10th June 2024 at 4:00p.m.

Measure 1

Waterford City and County Council will be operating Measures 1 of the CLÁR scheme with funding for the enhancement of existing, and/or the development of new, accessible Community Recreation Facilities. Up to 15 applications in total can be submitted from the relevant Local Authorities in respect of Measure 1.  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.

Types of Projects that may be supported under Measure 1 include:

  • Small scale renovation works to community facilities open to the wider community such as community centres/sports centres/clubhouses of sporting groups/youth centres/mens sheds etc
  • Multi-Use Gaming Areas (MUGAs)/Astro-Turf facilities including upgrades
  • Playgrounds/Skateboard parks/Pump tracks/Cycling tracks
  • Walking/Running /Athletics tracks
  • Handball Alleys/Tennis Courts/Basketball Courts/Cricket Grounds
  • Community Gyms/Community Cinemas
  • Sensory Gardens/Community Gardens/ Allotments
  • Access to unique local heritage sites / areas of natural beauty
  • Outdoor Bowling Areas/Outdoor Toilet Facilities/Car Parking
  • Improving access at sports grounds e.g. development/upgrade of spectator stands at local sports grounds with a particular focus on improving access for people of all abilities and ages
  • Solar Bins
  • Biodiversity planting

Note: All necessary consents must be in place at the time of making an application e.g. landowner consent, planning permission, match funding etc. and proof of same must be submitted with any application. Details regarding the arrangements in place to insure and manage the facility must be submitted with any application.

Any Facilities funded must be available to the public without a requirement to be a member of a club, enrolled in a school etc. In particular, facilities on school grounds must be open to the public outside of school hours e.g. during the evenings, weekends and school holidays.

Measure 2

Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport provides funding for transport and Meals on Wheels is being administered directly by the Department.

Measure 3

Our Islands provides funding for Island Communities for Island Community Transport and Outdoor Community Recreation Amenities. This Measure is being administered directly by the Department.

Scheme Outlines

Application Forms