Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has welcomed the allocation of €58,000 to Tidy Towns committees throughout the county.
This scheme will allow 46 committees to apply for grants of between €1,000 and €4,000 to support the work they do in their local communities.
Deputy Carey said: “This investment by the Government will directly support the local Tidy Towns groups. These volunteer led community initiatives bring out the best in our towns and villages.
“This competition really shows us the importance of participation. Our local Tidy Towns volunteers are a credit to our community. I encourage anyone who feels strongly about our community and our environment to get involved with Tidy Towns.
“I have no doubt that towns and villages across Clare will benefit hugely from this investment. Wherever you have active Tidy Towns committees, it gives the place a real boost and creates the environment for tourism,” he said.
The Clare allocation is part of a €1.4 million national grant scheme announced this week by Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Competition.
Minister Ring said: “This funding is recognition from the Government of the huge contribution made by citizens in their own communities.
“Tidy Towns groups have made our country as a whole a better place to live in and to visit. The work is carried out on a voluntary basis and we all benefit from it. This investment by the Government will further enhance our towns and villages and represents great value for money.”