Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development (RAPID)

About the RAPID Programme

The recast RAPID Programme provides support to groups which are tackling social exclusion and helps improve the quality of life for residents in disadvantaged urban areas and provincial towns across the country.

Government Departments, State Agencies (in cases of leveraging funding), locally based community and voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations in disadvantaged urban areas to include provincial towns can apply for funding under the RAPID Programme 2017:

  • The Programme has a national allocation of €2m euro for 2017, no maximum grant amount per project
  • It operates alongside other schemes and programmes already in place in communities, but groups can only use this funding for capital projects, or part of a capital project

Some examples of projects, or parts of projects, which are eligible for this capital funding include:

  • CCTV
  • Community gardens
  • Public realm improvements
  • Streetscaping
  • Youth facilities and play/recreation spaces
  • Energy efficiency type projects
  • Projects in support of the Creative Ireland policy objective

The Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Municipal District (where in place) in each Local Authority will administer the Programme on behalf of the Department.


  1. RAPID Programme is only for capital projects, or capital parts of projects
  2. In cases where both current and capital works are carried out together, only the capital part can get funding from this funding
  3. Groups must apply for funding to the Local Authority in which they are based, using the application form provided at the link below
  4. Match-funding from other sources is not required in order to be approved for a grant

See RAPID Application Guidelines 2017 for further details.

 How to apply

Your group must submit a completed RAPID application form 2017 to your Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

You can find contact details for your LCDC at the link below:
Local Community Development Committee

Irish language versions of documentation will be available shortly.