ABOUT SICAP 2018 - 2022

The Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme framework falls under the remit of the Rural and Community Development .

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.

Administered by Pobal and funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development, it also receives funding from the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.


County Carlow Development Partnership is the SICAP Programme Implementer for Carlow on behalf of the Carlow Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

The aim of the SICAP Programme is to reduce poverty, promote social inclusion and to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment. It does this through a community development approach, and through targeted supports and inter-agency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.

In Carlow the SICAP programme works with community groups and residents associations, providing training and mentoring. It works with communities of interest, such as New Communities, Older persons, the Traveller Community, persons with disabilities to provide training and help them advocate on their own behalf. It works with younger people in schools to prevent early school leaving and help them benefit fully from their education.

Examples of the work done by the SICAP programme can be seen in the 2016 End of Year Report which you can find in the Reports part of the website.

SICAP Carlow Case Study 2019

You can find out more about SICAP by watching this video.


SICAP offers support in the following three ways:

We support disadvantaged communities and marginalised target groups to develop. We provide mentoring and training for groups and residents associations. Help groups identify the real needs of their community. Help develop responses to those needs and engage with relevant local and national stakeholders in addressing their needs and social exclusion and equality issues;

We run training programmes for the different SICAP target groups so that they can participate fully in the wider community, develop their own employability skills and progress through life-long learning opportunities. Training can be in a number of areas, such as language skills for migrants and members of New Communities, training in areas which will improve the possibility of employment, and trainng for parents in response to the challenges which face families today.

We support unemployed persons to move them closer to the labour market and improve their work readiness through a range of training programmes, including SafePass and First Aid. We also offer advice, training and support to unemployed persons wishing to set up their own business. We also support ideas for social enterprise which create job opportunities for unemployed persons.

County Carlow Development Partnership are the SICAP Programme Implementers for Carlow on behalf of the LCDC. Karl Duffy is the Social Inclusion Manager.