CLÁR Funding Scheme 2021


Clár Funding Scheme 2021


CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) 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 de-population. The funding works in conjunction with local/Agency and other Departmental funding programmes and on the basis of locally identified priorities.


CLÁR Programme for 2021

There is a 10% increase in funding, bringing the allocation for 2021 to €5.5 million. The 2021 CLÁR programme will be delivered through four separate Measures as follows:


Measure 1:                                                         Support for Schools/Community Safety Measure

Measure 2:                                                         Outdoor Community Recreation Facilities

Measure 3:                                                         Community Wellbeing Measure

  • Community Gardens & Allotments
  • Mobility and Cancer Care Transport


CLÁR Innovation Measure:                           Funding for innovative or pilot projects that address specific challenges faced by communities in CLÁR areas.


Measure 1       Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures

Up to 90% funding available


Types of Intervention eligible:

Amber Safety Lights, Child Safety Lights, Speed Safety Lights, Pedestrian Crossings, Access footpaths, Bus Shelters, Car Parking Facilities, Public Lighting, COVID-19 Safety related projects


Grant Range €5,000 up to €50,000


Measure 2       Community Recreation Areas

Up to 90% funding available


Types of Intervention eligible (this is not an exhaustive list):

Outdoor Cinema Screen, Bandstand/Amphitheatre, Outdoor Drinking Water Fountain, Covered Seating & Picnic Benches, Associated Landscaping & Path Widening, Playgrounds/MUGAs (new or upgrades), Skateboard Parks, Exercise Class Space, Public Toilets & Bins, Car & Bike Parking


Grant Range € 5,000 to € 50,000


Measure 3(a):    Community Gardens and Allotments

Up to 90% funding available


Types of Intervention eligible (this is not an exhaustive list):

Groundworks, Footpaths, Raised Beds, Native pollinator plants, Sensory planting and equipment, Polytunnels, Sheds, Rainwater harvesting tanks, Fencing, Gates, Tools as appropriate, Benches, Picnic tables, Shelters and Outdoor pizza ovens/BBQ areas


Grant Range € 5,000 to € 50,000

Applications are being accepted only though the online application process here:

Measure 1:

Measure 2:

Measure 3a:


Any group applying will have plenty to occupy their time between now and then in preparing their application. It will be an online application process only. Closing date for applications to Monaghan County Council is Monday 26th April at 5pm.


CLÁR 2021 Guidelines Measures 1, 2 & 3(a) (MS Word)


CLÁR map showing the eligible areas for County Monaghan



Completed Applications for Measures 1, 2 and 3(a) must be submitted to Monaghan County Council on-line only.

There will be a save option which will allow forms to be partially completed and returned to later.


Closing date for receipt of COMPLETED applications to Monaghan County Council is 5.00pm on Monday 26th April 2021.

Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.



Measure 3(b) – Mobility & Cancer Care Transport

To assist groups providing mobility and cancer care transport services to people living in CLÁR areas.

Measure 3(b) Application Form (MS Word)

Measure 3(b) Scheme Outline (MS Word)


CLÁR Innovation Measure (New measure for 2021)

Funding under this new measure will be targeted at piloting new ideas which address specific challenges faced by communities in CLÁR areas, including rural isolation, population change, social disadvantage and marginalisation.

CLÁR Innovation Measure Expression Of Interest (MS Word)

CLÁR Innovation Measure Outline (MS Word)


Measure 3(b) and the CLÁR innovation Measure are being managed directly by the Department of Rural & Community Development, (DRCD), Rural Schemes, Government Offices, Ballina, Co Mayo F26 E8N6 – Phone – (076)1064900 and applications under those Measures should be made directly to DRCD  by the due dates, i.e., 7th May & 21st May respectively.