English urges Meath West Community Youth Groups to prepare to apply to €4m Capital Fund

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Local community youth groups can apply from late September

Monday 31st July 2017

Meath West community youth groups are set to benefit from a €4m
capital fund being established by Government, Minister for Housing and
Urban Development Damien English T.D. has stated.

The money is being made available to allow clubs buy equipment which
will support their work with young people, and applications open in
late September. The Meath West Fine Gael T.D. is urging local
community youth groups to begin thinking about and preparing for their

Minister English stated: “Nationally, over 1,500 volunteer led clubs
will be eligible to apply, reaching practically every community in the
country. I want to see Meath West getting its fair share. I encourage
Meath West clubs to examine which sports, arts, adventure or other
equipment they need the most and be ready to apply.’

Minister English saluted the youth group volunteers, stating: “These
volunteer led youth clubs do so much good work on the ground. They are
in the frontline providing young people with indoor and outdoor
activities to prevent them falling into trouble. They also improve
health, wellbeing and build team spirit in our communities.”

“The value of this work is not under-estimated by Government, hence
this new fund.The Application process for the funding is expected to
open in late September. I am happy to help local community youth
groups with their applications” concluded Minister English.


Community groups and schools in Meath/Westmeath should apply for CLÁR funding- English

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Tuesday, 4th April 2017

Community groups and schools in Meath/Westmeath should apply for CLÁR
funding- English

Damien English T.D., Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal and Fine
Gael T.D. for Meath West, has called on community groups and schools
in Meath and Westmeath 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

Minister English said: “I would strongly encourage community groups
and schools in Meath and Westmeath 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 Meath or Westmeath County Councils.”

Minister English 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.”

This is the second round of funding Minister Ring has announced,
having re-opened the CLÁR programme last October. The programme had
been closed for new applications by Fianna Fáil in 2009 which was a
huge loss to rural communities.

CLÁR forms part of a suite of measures introduced by Fine Gael to
support our rural communities. Other important schemes such as the
Rural Recreation programme and Town and Village Renewal Scheme will
also open for applications shortly.

These funding streams are an important part of the Action Plan for
Rural Development, Realising Our Rural Potential, which was launched
by Minister Heather Humphreys in January 2017.

The Plan provides a framework for a co-ordinated approach across
Government to support the economic and social development of rural


Note to Editors

The scheme is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional,
Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and delivered, for the most part, by the
Local Authorities in consultation with local communities. Proposals
will be submitted to the Department for consideration and approval.

Full details of the scheme will be issued to the Local Authorities and
other relevant organisations.

Minister Damien English welcomes €127,600 in funding under the CLÁR scheme for 2016 in Meath

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Friday, 2nd December 2016

Councillor Sarah Reilly joins in welcome for projects in the Kells Municpal Area

Local Fine Gael T.D. for Meath West and Minister for Planning and Urban Renewal Damien English, has welcomed the allocation of €127,600 in funding for Meath projects under CLÁR 2016. “Many parts of North and West Co. Meath suffer from disadvantage because of their rural location, and I am delighted to have worked with Cllr. Sarah Reilly as the local Fine Gael Councillor in these areas to lobby for this investment. It is good to see CLÁR money return to rural areas like North and West Co. Meath for the first time since 2009” Minister English said.

Councillor Sarah Reilly stated: “I congratulate the local communities in North and West Co. Meath like Ballincaree who have benefited from the reopened and renewed CLÁR scheme under this Fine Gael led Government. Their voluntary efforts on behalf of their local communities are being rewarded and supported. Rural Ireland and rural Meath is important, and we must fight to protect it. This funding is part of that fight.”

Funding for Meath is as follows:

CLÁR Safety package for Schools/Community Facilities CLÁR approved projects for 2016
County DED Description OFFICIAL SCHOOL NAME / COMMUNITY FACILILTY Requested CLÁR funding Agreed CLÁR funding
Meath Killeagh Constructure Footpath between St Fiach’s N.S and Ballinacree Community Centre St Fiach’s N.S €85,600.00 €85,600.00
Meath Ballinlough Purchase and Installation of signs Ballinlough N.S €7,000.00 €7,000.00
Meath Newcastle Purchase and Installation of signs Ughtyneill N.S €7,000.00 €7,000.00
Meath Kilskeer Purchase and Installation of signs Kilskyre N.S €7,000.00 €7,000.00
Meath Killeagh Purchase and Installation of signs Ballinacree N.S €7,000.00 €7,000.00
Meath Trohanny Purchase and Installation of signs St Anne’s N.S €7,000.00 €7,000.00
Meath Moylagh Purchase and Installation of signs Moylagh N.S €7,000.00 €7,000.00


Notes to Editors:

CLÁR is a targeted investment programme that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas that have experienced significant depopulation.

The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas by attracting people to live and work there. The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities. The programme has been effectively closed for new applications since 2009 but was reopened by Minister Ring on the 6th of October 2016.