CLARE County Council has been allocated almost €3 million to support communities that are hosting refugees from Ukraine and other countries.

Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey said that the money will come from a €50 million Community Recognition Fund for sports clubs, community organisations, transport infrastructure and local groups.

“The €2,925,549 awarded to Clare County Council is the third highest allocation from the fund which has been spread across all local authorities based on the number of new arrivals located there.

“The scale of the allocation recognises the significant role played by Clare communities in supporting refugees and helping them integrate into the educational, recreational and social life of towns and villages around the county,” Deputy Carey explained.

“It is important that community representatives engage directly with Clare County Council over the coming weeks to ensure that high quality projects can be delivered, benefitting their towns and villages for years to come.”

Projects that qualify for support include the refurbishment of local sports clubs and facilities and the upgrade of community facilities such as play areas, walkways, parks and community gardens.

The funding may also be used to purchase equipment for local clubs, festivals, music and arts organisations as well as the enhancement of school or parish facilities that are open to the wider community after hours or on weekends.

The provision of transport infrastructure such as community vehicles and bus shelters will also qualify for funding which will be drawn down over 2023 and 2024.

Projects will be delivered by the local authorities in conjunction with community organisations with a special focus on the development of facilities that will be used in the future by all members of the community.

PHOTO: Ministers Heather Humphreys and Joe O’Brien launching the Community Recognition Fund.