As part of Government’s overall programme for Rural Development, a number of initiatives, aimed at assisting the social and economic regeneration of rural areas, were delivered by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) during 2017.
Investing in Rural Communities - Clar Programme
The active engagement and participation of Local Authorities in conjunction with their communities has been, and will continue to be, critical to the success of these initiatives that aim to support the social and economic development of rural areas in a sustainable way.
CLÁR is a targeted investment programme which provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas which suffered the greatest levels of population decline. Nationally an allocation of €5 million for CLÁR for 2017 was made through the Local Authorities and the objective is to maximise the impact of the funding for the benefit of communities in CLÁR areas.