What’s New in RAPID?

€1.2 million Dormant Accounts Funding allocated to projects in Cork City RAPID areas

€1.2 million was received through the Dormant Accounts Fund to support projects in the four Cork City RAPID areas. Submissions were identified and endorsed as priorities by the respective Area Implementation Teams.

Amongst the 19 successfully funded projects, €230,000 was allocated to develop a youth facility in Togher and €195,000 to create an amenity area at the Fairfield in Fairhill. Other projects will support the refurbishment of St Mary’s Senior Citizens Centre in Knocknaheeny and two community facilities in Mayfield.

A further €.5 million was allocated to develop work schemes covering Local Authority Estate Enhancement, Traffic Calming and Playgrounds. A wide range of projects is underway in cooperation with a number of Cork City Council Directorates and the local community.

RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning Investment and Development) is a focused initiative designed to prioritise and target government expenditure, to combat disadvantage and to integrate services in the most concentrated centres of disadvantage and social exclusion in the country.

Following the National Evaluation, the RAPID Programme will focus on seven emerging themes:

Family Support
Physical Environment
Crime and Safety
Youth Support
Employment & Training

The next phase of the programme will concentrate on developing innovative and coordinated approaches to service delivery with a continued emphasis on community involvement and interagency work.