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SICAP is a new social inclusion programme.  It was rolled out on 1 April 2015 and will run until December 2017. It is the successor programme to the outgoing Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).

It aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality. It will do this by engaging with local communities. It works with the most disadvantaged and hardest to reach in communities.

SICAP Funding

SICAP is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. In 2015 the Programme also received a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

SICAP Target Groups

The Programme targets:

  • children and families from disadvantaged areas,
  • lone parents,
  • new communities (including refugees and asylum seekers),
  • people living in disadvantaged communities,
  • people with disabilities,
  • Roma,
  • the unemployed (including those not on the Live Register),
  • low income workers/households,
  • Travellers,
  • young unemployed people from disadvantaged areas, and
  • young people aged 15-24 who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).


The Programme has three goals that focus on community development, education and training, and employment. They are:

  • To support and resource disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to engage with relevant local and national stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues;
  • To support individuals and marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate fully, engage with and progress through life-long learning opportunities through the use of community development approaches; and
  • To engage with marginalised target groups/individuals and residents of disadvantaged communities who are unemployed but who do not fall within mainstream employment service provision.  To help move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness. To support access to employment and self-employment and to create social enterprise opportunities.

Delivery of SICAP

SICAP is overseen and managed by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in each local authority area. Each LCDC agrees annual targets for their area based on local needs to ensure the Programme achieves its goals. SICAP is delivered by Programme Implementers (PIs) who are engaged by the LCDC in each area.

The Department has engaged Pobal to work on its behalf to manage and oversee the delivery of SICAP nationally.  More information about the programme can be found on the Pobal website(link is external).

SICAP 2018

The current SICAP will come to an end on 31 December 2017.   The new Programme, which will be implemented from 1 January 2018, will continue to focus on reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion and equality in Ireland through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.

SICAP 2018 will be based on the current Programme, with a number of key changes. The redesigned programme will reflect Ireland’s changing social and economic landscape, including the context of reduced unemployment and a general economic recovery.  The new Programme design has been informed by the results of a national consultation process which took place in the first half of 2017.  This consultation process was designed to give a wide range of stakeholders the opportunity to identify areas for development and improvement in the next iteration of SICAP.  The new programme has also considered provisional findings from an ESRI evaluation of elements of SICAP work. The programme has reoriented itself to be better placed to respond to national needs and priorities, as well as local needs as identified by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) through their Local Economic and Community Plans.

Interested parties will be invited to submit tenders to deliver SICAP 2018 around the country in late Summer 2017 via the e-Tenders system, with the new Programme being implemented in each local authority area from 1 January 2018.

SICAP Services

Do you want to find out what services are available to you under SICAP? You can contact your local SICAP Programme Implementer. You will find their contact details on the Pobal website(link is external).

Contact Us

Department of Rural and Community Development
Co Mayo
F26 E8N6

Phone: (0)76 1006860
Email: ei.vo1527218326g.gni1527218326suoh@1527218326PACIS1527218326