The Rural Area Partnership in Derry consists of representatives from community organisations, statutory authorities, the private sector and special interest groups and its primary objective is: “To halt the social and economic decline of the rural communities within the Derry City & Strabane District Council Area and to enable these communities in partnership with all interested parties to devise locally led strategies to facilitate sustainable social, economic and cultural development.”
Formed in 1994 RAPID has delivered a variety of rural development programmes over the years, many of these in partnership with the local Council and other statutory organisations, the success of this approach is well documented.
- RAPID have extensive experience in the management and administration of funded programmes e.g. delivered LEADER+ and other EU Programmes.
- RAPID have extensive experience of working with the rural community and have specific experience of working with farming groups, community organisations, private sector and statutory agencies.
- RAPID work closely with Derry City & Strabane District Council, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and other partners to deliver rural development programmes and environmental initiatives which work within well defined strategies.
RAPID deliver a wide variety of programmes across the Derry City & Strabane District Council rural area through our ongoing partnerships with other rural community development organisations such as Dennett Interchange Ltd, The Villages Together and YMCA.