Originally there were 11 Integrated Area Plans (IAP) including three for Restormel (St Austell Bay Area, China Clay Area, Newquay and Rural Hinterlands), Carrick, two in Kerrier, Penwith, Bodmin Moor and Camelford, Caradon, Isles of Scilly and North Cornwall.
At the mid point of Objective One (2004) these were recast with an IAP for each of the six Districts in Cornwall and one for the Isles of Scilly.
Each IAP set out how the area aimed to use Objective One and other investment to meet local needs, improve the economy and the way of life.
The IAPs did not hold or control any money for projects; they were local frameworks which supported project applications for Objective One and other investment. The IAPs worked with all sectors including craft, small businesses, training and skills, farmers and horticulturists, tourism and community groups.
The IAPs had facilitators in place who provided technical and project development support for project applications, they helped to find match funds for eligible projects. Although the IAP teams were expected to facilitate projects that contributed to the aims of the Objective One Programme, they were always able to work with groups in the community who had early project ideas where it was not necessarily clear whether they would eventually be eligible for investment.
The implementation of the IAPs was originally overseen by a group for each IAP which represented the local public/private sector organisations and voluntary organisations. These groups endorsed prospective projects to ensure they met the needs of the local community. IAPs played a key role in the community, helping groups to access funds as well as signposting projects to the Programme’s delegated grant schemes.