CLAR (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 de-population.

The CLÁR 2023 programme will be delivered through 3 separate Measures as follows:

Measure 1. Developing Community Facilities & Amenities

Measure 2. Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport

Measure 3. ‘Our Islands’

Measure 1 is administered through Kilkenny County Council, and can be applied for by Kilkenny County Council in conjunction with groups in Local Communities.  Measure 2 and Measure 3 is being administered through the Department of Rural & Community Development.

Kilkenny County Council is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for the CLÁR 2023 funding scheme from Community Groups.  Measure 1 will support a variety of capital interventions that contribute to the enhancement of existing, and/or the development of new, accessible Community Recreation Facilities.  The list below provides an indication of the types of interventions that may be supported, but is not exhaustive:-

  • Multi-Use Gaming Areas MUGAs)/Astro-Turf Facilities
  • Skateboard Parks/Cycling Tracks
  • Playgrounds
  • Handball Alleys
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Community Gyms
  • Community Cinemas
  • Sensory Gardens
  • Community Gardens
  • Outdoor Bowling areas
  • Walking/Running Tracks
  • Outdoor Toilet Facilities
  • Car Parking
  • Public Lighting

For more information, see the below links:

Measure 1 Scheme Outline

Measure 1 Application Form

CLAR 2023 KCC Ad paper Final

CLAR 2022 Map of Eligible Areas highlighted in blue

Application Forms and further particulars may be downloaded from or Cora Nolan, Community Section, Johns Green, Tel: 056-7794931.

Completed applications are to be sent to Kilkenny County Council’s Community Department, John’s Green House, Kilkenny by 4pm, 24th May, 2023.

All intended applicants should make contact with Catherine Byrne-Murphy 056-7794115, prior to the submission of their applications.