The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.


Programme Aim

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.
Programme 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.

The primary beneficiaries of Goal 1 are LCGs and social enterprises that have a remit in working with or providing services to SICAP target groups. Goal 1 includes providing supports for social enterprises.


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.

Work under this Goal is focused on supporting the individual to support people who have been identified as in need of one-to-one, intensive support. This can be achieved through lifelong learning, providing labour market supports to improve work readiness, or engaging with employers to ensure better quality jobs. It can also mean working with people in broader, more holistic ways so they can improve their quality of life and wellbeing. Engagement can be carried out on a one-to-one basis or using group-based work with individuals and should be person-centred. Broadly speaking, it can be categorised as providing help in three ways:
 Lifelong learning supports;
 Employment supports;
 Personal development supports.


The primary beneficiaries of Goal 2 are disadvantaged individuals aged 15 years upwards and children and families.


Administered by Pobal and funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development, it also receives funding from the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.


SICAP addresses high and persistent levels of deprivation through targeted and innovative, locally-led approaches. It supports disadvantaged communities and individuals including unemployed people, people living in deprived areas, people with disabilities, single parent families, people on a low income, members of the Traveller and Roma community and other disadvantaged groups.


NTDC works with marginalised communities and service providers using a community development approach to improve people’s lives. For example, helping people to find work or to upskill, providing CV training or personal development course, helping them onto a work placement programme such as CE or TUS.


Case Study 2020. Stronger Together SICAP Collaboration Case Study 2020 NTDC

Case Study 2019. Car Mechanics Newport Case Study 2019

Case Study 2018. Scéal Lorrha Case Study 2018




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