Cork County Council are seeking expressions of interest for the CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) Scheme 2021, recently launched by the Department of Rural and Community Development. This scheme makes provision for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas to promote sustainable development and to attract people to live and work in the areas covered. The closing date for receipt of Expression of Interest forms is 4pm, Friday 9th of April.
This year’s scheme sees a national increase of 10% in funding, bringing the allocation to €5.5m with measures covered including school and community safety, outdoor recreational facilities, community wellbeing and new ideas to address specific challenges faced by communities.
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley welcomed the opening of the scheme saying;
“The CLÁR Scheme provides a great opportunity for community groups to work with Cork County Council to address needs specific to their local area and community. The targeted funding empowers communities and helps them to build a better future in their towns and villages. I strongly encourage interested groups to contact their local Municipal District Office to explore measures that could be of great benefit for the community.”
Chief Executive Tim Lucey noted the importance of the scheme;
“A vital function of local government, and central to Cork County Council’s mission is the provision of solutions to local problems. Each town, village and communities’ needs are different, and one of the best ways to identify opportunities is by working hand in hand with local groups. The CLÁR Scheme is one such way that the Council engages directly with the community with support from National Government, and we look forward to supporting communities through this initiative.”
Interested groups are asked to contact their local Municipal District Office to express an interest in any project that you wish to put forward under these measures. Expression of Interest forms are available on www.corkcoco.ie.