Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Department of Rural and Community Development
584. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of schools in each county that have been successful in applying for a school playground from the CLÁR programme in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of applications in the area annually; and the number of approved and rejected applications by county. [51354/19]
As the Deputy is aware, CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation.
In recent years, amongst other measures, CLÁR has supported the enhancement or development of community and schools outdoor play facilities.
Table 1 below provides details of the number of schools awarded funding for outdoor play facilities, by county, in each of the years 2016-2019. It should be noted that no school play facilities were funded in 2016.
Table 2 provides details of all CLÁR applications received in each of the years 2016-2019 across all CLÁR measures in each relevant county. It also includes details of the number of applications approved for funding and the number of unsuccessful applications for each of those years.
Table 1: Number of schools per County awarded funding for Outdoor Play Facilities under CLAR
Table 2: Overall applications received, approved and unsuccessful, by County
CLÁR funding has been provided for a range of measures to be delivered by schools and communities, including for the enhancement or development of Play Areas and Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs).
The conditions attached to the CLÁR programme require that such facilities should be available for wider community use, and prospective applicants are aware of this in advance.
Many of the applicants of the type referred to by the Deputy are willing to make these facilities available for wider community use and have consequently received support under the programme. This ensures that these facilities are available for use by local families and visitors to areas which, by their very nature, often have limited facilities for children.