Clare Local Action Group been approved almost €9 million in funding under the LEADER Programme 2020.
The funding agreement signed by he Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys will support jobs and investment in Clare over the next four years.
Funding of €250 million will be distributed to entrepreneurs and community groups throughout Ireland by the Local Action Groups, which are made up of public and private representatives. The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment.
Minister Humphreys said, “The LEADER programme will deliver some €250 million into rural towns and villages right across the country over the next four years. By signing the funding agreements with Clare Local Action Group, we are unlocking €8,920,224.65 in vital funding for rural communities across Clare.
“I know that communities across Clare are very eager to access this funding, for the benefit of local groups and organisations. Upon taking over responsibility for rural and regional affairs, I was very keen to ensure the funding agreements could be signed as quickly as possible so that this money can start to flow into rural Ireland. Now, the majority of funding agreements are being signed, meaning the Local Action Groups can start receiving applications for funding.”