Growth Through Partnership

Down Rural Area Partnership
North Down ArdsBanbridge Down

Welcome to the Down Rural Area Partnership

Welcome to the Down Rural Area Partnership’s (DRAP) interactive website. The key purpose of this site is to provide you with information about Axis 3 of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

The Down Rural Area Partnership, has been charged with administering the funds under Axis 3 of the Programme. The programme aims to ‘improve the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification of economic activity in rural areas by supporting a wide range of projects under six measures including;

3.1 Diversification into Non-Agricultural Activities
3.2 Support for Business Creation & Development
3.3 Encouragement of Tourism Activities
3.4 Basic Services for Economy and Rural Population
3.5 Village Renewal and Development
3.6 Conservation and Upgrading of Rural Heritage 

If you have a project in mind and are not yet ready to submit an application for funding, Down Rural Area Partnership is accepting Expression of Interest forms from potential project promoters.  To download the Expression of Interest form click on the icon below:

Download document Expression of Interest Form     

  Down Rural Area Partnership, Ards Business Centre, Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH   Tel: 028 9182 0748

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The information contained within this site is offered to the best of the Down Rural Area Partnership's knowledge but may be subject to change from time to time.