Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018–2022

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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


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.

SICAP is a social inclusion programme with two goals to assist both individuals and groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals.

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.

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.


Local Economic Community Plan (LECP)

SICAP actions must underpin the key social inclusion objectives identified in the LECP

Operating Structure


Department of Rural and Community Development

The Department of Community and Rural Development is the lead and funding department and Pobal have been engaged to work on its behalf to manage and oversee the delivery of SICAP nationally.


Local Community and Development Committee

Louth Local Community Development Committee (Louth LCDC) is the contracting authority and is the key decision maker in terms of annual planning, monitoring and oversight. It has responsibility for bi-annual performance reviews and the annual planning process.  The LCDC have contracted Louth Leader Partnership to deliver the programme on their behalf.


Target Groups

SICAP provides a range of supports for 13 target groups who have been chosen based on current socio-economic context and in line with Government priorities.

Along with the 12 identified target groups to be assisted by SICAP the LCDC are also given an opportunity to select its own target group based on their knowledge of local needs and priorities. 


The following are the Target Groups:

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

The LCDC have identified the emerging needs target group for 2018 and 2019 as the socially excluded vulnerable older person.

Interested in accessing SICAP services in County Louth?

You can find out details of the types of services being delivered by the Programme Implementer – Louth Leader Partnership here or contact Louth Leader Partnership on 042-9330288

More Information: You can find more information on SICAP on the Department of Rural and Community Development website –