Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin has called on community groups and schools in Sligo-Leitrim to apply for funding through the CLÁR programme.
The programme, which has a budget of €5 million this year, forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development which was launched in January 2017.
Grants are available for a wide variety of works in rural areas including playgrounds, car parks, public lighting, bus shelters, pedestrian crossings, speed safety signs and other safety measures at schools.
Deputy McLoughlin said: “I would strongly encourage community groups and schools in Sligo-Leitrim to apply for funding through the CLÁR programme.
“Funding will be made available for safety measures near schools and other community facilities, as well as funding for play areas.
“The safety measures coupled with funding for playgrounds and multi-use games areas will assist CLÁR areas to provide safe amenities for their young people thereby increasing the attractiveness of an area from both a social and economic perspective”.
“The scope of the programme will also be extended this year to provide capital funding for innovative, community based projects that do not qualify for other established schemes.
“Applications must be made through our local authority so I would encourage groups and schools with an idea or project proposal to make contact with the Sligo and Leitrim county councils.”
Deputy McLoughlin added: “This year my colleague Minister Ring announced a new initiative under CLÁR to support voluntary first-response organisations who provide an excellent service in rural areas, very often under very difficult circumstances.
“This funding will enable them to purchase or upgrade equipment that is fit for purpose in assisting them in their life-saving activities.”