RAPID advocate the “leader approach” to rural development which is a method of harnessing local knowledge to enable a “bottom up”, community led approach to delivery of funding in rural areas. The Leader approach can be used to deliver a range of Programme objectives and will help achieve integration. RAPID are strong advocates of this approach as it enables us to provide a ‘one stop shop’ where all aspects for rural development can be catered for.

Some of the key successes of RAPID are outlined as follows:

  • Recognised advocates for rural development;
  • The success of Leader II where under the Enterprise Theme of 175 projects and initiatives supported 189 jobs were created ranging from part time retail to full time in ICT. In addition a further 154 jobs have been consolidated;
  • RAPID have played a key role in the broad series of networking from local networks such as Foyle Rural Women’s Network, provincial with NI Leader Network, nationally with UK Leader Network and internationally with Transnational partnerships in Europe and North America;
  • At a strategic level RAPID have contributed to a very broad range of consultation and policy reviews such as Northern Ireland Tourist Board Strategic Review, Strategy 2010, Transport Strategy as well as local reviews such as Local Strategic Partnership, Integrated Small Business Review and Jobs Gap Analysis;
  • The Board of RAPID covers a very broad spectrum of experience with its core strengths in the Business and Community Sectors and Farm Interest. Other areas covered include Local Authority, Youth and Long Term Unemployed; Women
  • Derry City Council has been very supportive of RAPID and has given a long term commitment to RAPID and the development of the rural area;
  • RAPID has a high media and PR profile that has helped raise the profile of rural areas and rural issues;
  • RAPID have strong support from the community at large especially the business sector, a recent evaluation talked about the uniqueness of RAPID, its understanding of rural businesses and the barriers;
  • Just over £6million investment in the rural area from 2000-2006.

Since 1994 RAPID Ltd has delivered the following ERDF/EU financed projects:

EU Funding Programme Project Amount
Leader II Business Development £95,000
Leader+ Business Development £1,400,000
PEACE II Farm Diversification £548,000
PEACE II Rural Employment £105,000
BSP Tourism Development £1,025,000

Other programmes delivered by RAPID since 1994,

Funding Organisation Project Amount
Western Health Board Rural Health Initiative £158,000
Big Lottery Fund Young Women's Project £29,698
CDHN Community Pharmacy £10,060
Big Lottery Fund Healthy Eating Project £10,000


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