Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (2018-2022)

What is the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)?

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. SICAP 2018 – 2022 is the successor programme to SICAP 2015 – 2017.

SICAP is a social inclusion programme which assists both individuals and groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals. The task of Programme Implementers (PIs) is to reflect the broad scope of the programme in their actions and use programme funding to strengthen communities and improve people’s lives.

SICAP aims to address high and persistent levels of deprivation through targeted and innovative, locally led approaches. It targets and supports those who are disadvantaged in Irish society and less likely to use mainstream services.

PIs engage with marginalised communities and service providers using a community development approach to address issues relating to social exclusion and inequality. It enables bottom-up approaches within the framework of a national programme which provides targets, performance indicators and requirements.


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.

European Social Fund (ESF)

The ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 is co-financing SICAP in the years 2018-2020. PEIL’s priority areas for investment revolve around the activation of the unemployed, social and labour market inclusion, education and youth employment. Under PEIL 2014- 2020 Priority 2, the allocation for SICAP is €60m.

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.

SICAP Case Study 2018 – West Limerick Resources 

The Case study is a Goal 2 Collaboration theme on supports to residents in a Direct Provision Centre. It gives examples of collaboration with private and public organisations responding to isolation and lack of integration. The project brought together local people with people of different backgrounds and cultures to do up a recreation amenity, culminating in a cricket match.  Please see link below to case study.

WLR Case Study 2018 Community Cricket Inclusion (1)

SICAP Case Study 2019 – West Limerick Resources

Cairde Project  – Cairde meaning ‘friends’ is one of the themes that underpins our SICAP case study for 2019. It particularly focused on our work in supporting people with disabilities in the West Limerick area. We were delighted to work with the residents of Rathfredagh Cheshire Home in Newcastle West. We worked under the thematic area of ‘promoting community engagement and stronger communities‘ by addressing barriers, that present for this group and contribute to their social exclusion. We worked collaboratively with a number of community based supports and services on developing and strengthening people with disabilities connection to local groups, supporting greater social inclusion and opening up opportunities for full participation within the community.


For more information contact the SICAP Programme Co-ordinator Dearbhla Conlon Ahern
Tel: 069 66293 Email:

“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”



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