The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD has launched the 2023 CLÁR Scheme.  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.

CLÁR Programme for 2023

The 2023 CLÁR programme will be delivered through three separate Measures as follows:

Measure 1:                         Developing Community Facilities & Amenities

Measure 2:                         Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders

Measure 3:                         ‘Our Islands’

CLÁR Map – Monaghan

CLÁR List Of DED’s

Measure 1           Developing Community Facilities & Amenities

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 Intervention eligible (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Small scale renovation works to community centres
  • Multi-Use Games 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

Grant Range €5,000 up to €50,000

Please contact Aisling Kierans, Community Development Section or your local Municipal District Office to discuss potential projects for submission to this scheme as early as possible:

  • Aisling Kierans, Community Development – 047 73707
  • Ballybay/Clones Municipal District Office – 047 51018
  • Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District Office – 042 9661236
  • Monaghan Municipal District Office – 047 73777

Measure 1 Scheme Outline

Measure 1 Application Form

Completed Expression of Interest for Measure 1 must be submitted in WORD format directly to Monaghan County Council by email, to   

Closing date for receipt of applications to Monaghan County Council is 4.00 p.m. on Monday 8th May 2023.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


Measure 2       Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders

This scheme will cover costs of a vehicle and/or the fit out of a vehicle where necessary.  The Department encourages the purchase of hybrid/electric vehicles where possible.

Between 80% and 90% funding available

Measure 2 Scheme Outline

Measure 2 Application Form

Completed applications for Measure 2 should be emailed directly to the Department of Rural & Community Development at by Friday 12th May 2023.


Measure 3       ‘Our Islands’

  1. Island Community Transport – this measure will cover the cost of:
  • the purchase of hybrid/electric vehicles (and fit out, where necessary)
  • PV solar panels to be erected on community facilities which are generating electricity for a connected electric vehicle charging point. This must be in tandem with the purchase of a hybrid/electric vehicle.

2. Island Community Amenities – This Measure will consider supports for the enhancement of existing and/or the development of new accessible community amenities.

Up to 90% funding available

Measure 3 Scheme Outline

Measure 3 Application Form

Completed applications for Measure 3 should be emailed directly to the Department of Rural & Community Development at by Tuesday 6th June 2023.

Application forms and guidelines are available on Monaghan County Council’s website at