The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
“The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020”
SICAP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Ireland through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration. The Programme has two goals:
Goal 1: Supporting Communities
To support communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues, developing the capacity of Local Community Groups, and creating more sustainable communities.
Goal 2: Supporting Individuals
To support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports.
13 Target Groups
- Disadvantaged Children and Families
- Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15-24)
- Disadvantaged Women
- Emerging Needs Group
- Lone Parents
- Low Income Workers/Households
- New Communities (including Refugees/Asylum Seekers)
- People living in Disadvantaged Communities
- People with Disabilities
- The Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
- The Unemployed
Local Community Development Committee
The Local Community Development Committee is managing the SICAP programme at a local level. Following a public procurement process the Programme Implementers delivering the SICAP Programme 2018-2022 in Limerick are:
Pobal acts as the agent of the Department of Rural and Community Development with respect to national management and oversight of the programme as well providing supports to Programme Implementers and LCDCs to assist in bringing quality standards to the programme.