Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP)


Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022

The new SICAP Programme, which came into effect on 1 January 2018 will continue to focus on reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion and equality through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.

What is the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme?

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. It is the successor programme to SICAP 2015 – 2017.

SICAP is a national social inclusion programme which assists both individuals and local community groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals. SICAP aims to address high and persistent levels of deprivation through targeted and innovative, locally led approaches.

What is the main aim of the SICAP Programme?

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.

Who funds SICAP?

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.

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.

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.

Target Groups

The SICAP Programme primarily targets the following target groups:

  • Disadvantaged Children and Families
  • People living in Disadvantaged Communities
  • Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15 – 24)
  • People with Disabilities
  • Disadvantaged Women Roma
  • Emerging Needs Group Travellers
  • Lone Parents
  • Those Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
  • Low Income Workers/ Households
  • The Unemployed
  • New Communities

More information on the SICAP programme is available by watching the following Youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=25&v=e4dzyQriKGs

SICAP in Duhallow

IRD Duhallow is rolling out the SICAP Programme for the Duhallow Region similar to how we delivered the previous SICAP 2014-2017, LCDP and LDSIP Programmes over the years. This programme helps to reach out to those most isolated and socially excluded in our region.  For individuals and groups who are interested in availing of support via training, grant aid, information seminars, workshops etc please contact IRD Duhallow on 029-60633 or email [email protected] for assistance.

 

SICAP 2018-2022 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 (PEIL) 2014-2020.