RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development) is a central government focused initiative to tackle social inclusion and disadvantage by prioritising resources from agencies and Government Departments. RAPID and targets the 46 most disadvantaged urban areas and provincial towns in the country. The implementation of the RAPID programme is led by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Pobal coordinates programme implementation on behalf of the department.
Strand 1 was launched in 25 urban areas in February 2001 and Strand 2 was extended to 20 provincial towns in February 2002. Ballyfermot was added on 29th June 2006. With the addition of Ballyfermot there are now nine RAPID areas in Dublin City, five on the Northside and four on the Southside of the city