Written answers

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Department of Rural and Community Development

Community Development Projects

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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37. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if the capital scheme for the rejuvenation of community centres as announced in the National Development Plan will be available to each local authority; the total sum of the scheme’s allocation; when applications for the scheme will open; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50109/21]

Photo of Joe O'BrienJoe O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Green Party)
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Under the National Development Plan, the Department of Rural and Community Development will see an increase in its overall funding. Some of this increase will be used to establish a new funding scheme for community centres.

This is consistent with the Programme for Government commitment to establishing a small capital grants scheme for the maintenance, improvement and upkeep of community centres.

The details of this capital scheme are currently being developed within my Department. It is anticipated that the new scheme will be launched in early 2022 and further details will be announced in due course.

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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38. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of supports provided to community-based organisations in counties Louth and Meath that provide vital services such as cancer care transport services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50155/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The CLÁR Programme provides funding under a number of different Measures for small-scale infrastructural projects in designated rural areas that have experienced significant levels of de-population over a defined period. My Department reviews the type of initiatives to be funded under the Programme each year.

I launched the CLÁR 2021 Programme in March. Measure 3 of this year's programme provided support for Community Wellbeing Supports, including a sub-Measure for Mobility and Cancer Care Transport vehicles.

Funding for mobility and cancer care transport vehicles was first introduced under the CLÁR programme in 2018 and since then funding of over €4.3 million has been approved for almost 90 projects. On 2nd September, I approved funding of over €105,000 for two projects in Co Meath under this Measure. This involved €55,654 for the Irish Wheelchair Association and €50,000 in respect of the Moylagh JFK 50 Mile Challenge. No applications were received in 2021 under this Measure from any organisations in County Louth.

The full list of successful CLÁR 2021 projects and the successful projects from previous years are available on my Department's website at www.gov.ie/drcd.

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