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RAPID National Capital Grants Programme 2017

Community Groups in disadvantaged Urban Communities and Provincial Towns, ie Towns with a population of 1,000+ as per 2016 Census, can apply for Capital Funding for Projects under the RAPID National Capital Grants Programme 2017.


The Department of Rural and Community Development announced a national allocation of €2m in Capital funding for disadvantaged urban areas under the recast RAPID National Capital Grants Programme.  An allocation of €64,500 has been made to Donegal LCDC for award to Community groups in disadvantaged Urban Areas under this Scheme. 


The Scheme runs from November 2017 to December 2017.




The over-arching objective of the Programme is to facilitate a more integrated approach to funding and supports in disadvantaged areas in order to enhance urban communities and provincial towns, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion. 

The following, for example, will be considered eligible for the programme:

  • Government Departments and State Agencies (in cases of leveraging funding);
  • Locally based community and voluntary groups in disadvantaged urban areas to include provincial towns;
  • Projects aimed at improving the quality of life for residents in disadvantaged urban areas;
  • Not-for-profit organisations;
  • Eligible facilities will include community centres, youth clubs, sports/recreation facilities, other not-for-profit organisations facilities.




The funding will relate to capital projects only and should demonstrate added value.   Match-funding from other sources is not a requirement for application approval. In cases where both current and capital works are carried out together, only the capital element can be funded through this Programme.  

Funding under the Programme is focused on supporting projects that positively impact on residents in disadvantaged urban areas including provincial towns.  Projects which would improve the quality of life for residents in disadvantaged urban areas and provincial towns, providing tangible supports which address disadvantage will receive priority. 


Types of projects


Projects or elements of projects of a capital nature may be funded, for example (list indicative but not exhaustive):

  • CCTV equipment;
  • Community gardens;
  • Public realm improvements;
  • Streetscaping;
  • Youth facilities;
  • Play/recreation spaces;
  • Energy efficiency type projects;
  • Projects in support of the Creative Ireland 2017-2022 initiative.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on 24th November 2017




The Scheme will offer a minimum grant award of €5,000 per project.


How to apply


Your group must submit a completed RAPID Application Form to Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Community & Enterprise, Donegal County Council, Station Island, Lifford, F83 X7PK on or before closing date.


Forms / Related Documents

RAPID Application Form

RAPID Application Guidelines

RAPID Application Form as Gaelige

RAPID Application Guidelines as Gaelige



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