An important part of SICAP work is supporting local groups to leverage funding and link into regional or national structures or programmes.

An example of this is Take A Part, which is a social and community arts programme in the Tullow Road area of Carlow, an exciting collaboration project between Carlow County Development Partnership, Carlow Arts Office, Carlow County Council, Carlow Regional Youth Services and local residents. Funding came from The Arts Council of Ireland under their Invitation to Collaborate. Carlow was one of just 6 local authorities to secure funding.
The aim of the project is to break down barriers of what art is and how it can act as a tool to transform local communities, creating opportunities for social exchanges, participation, access and involvement in decisions relating to the local area. The project is managed by the Arts Action Group, made up of agencies and representatives from the Tullow Rd area who wish to engage in this programme. A co-ordinator has been employed to support the Arts Action Group in delivering on the projects.
Carlow County Development Partnership was pleased to play a vital role in the Take a Part Carlow initiative. The Tullow Rd is one of CCDP’s key areas for development with large investments of resources in supporting the capacity development of groups and individuals in the area. We recently initiated the development of the Tullow Rd Development Group, who we continue to support. We are working with The Sports Partnership in developing a Sports Hub for the area and are building the capacity of a number of residents’ associations. Because of this intense community development approach, as well as the work of other agencies in the area such as Carlow Regional Youth Services and Barnardo’s, it has allowed this exciting Art Project to concentrate in the area of the Tullow Rd. CCDP sit on the Arts Action Group and we have identified a number of local residents to do the same.