SICAP is the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. The current programme began on 1 January 2018 and will run until the end of 2022. It replaced SICAP 2015-2017.
SICAP aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality. It does this through Programme Implementers, agencies and companies, who work with the most disadvantaged and the hardest to reach in communities.
The programme is aimed at:
The programme has two goals that focus on supporting communities and individuals:
SICAP is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
SICAP is managed by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each local authority area.
Each Local Community Development Committee agrees annual targets for their area based on local needs. They can choose to add a target group to be helped in their area if they think it’s necessary.
The department has engaged Pobal to work on its behalf to manage and oversee the delivery of SICAP nationally.
As a joint initiative the Department and Pobal have been developing a Distance Travelled Tool. The tool, for the SICAP programme, will support SICAP clients to identify and achieve personal goals.
Called My Journey: Distance Travelled Tool, the tool consists of a list of questions that guide people towards identifying their individual needs and planning for their future.
The tool has been developed in collaboration with SICAP clients and the LDCs who provide one-to-one support to them, and has been scientifically validated by Trinity College Dublin.
If you want to find out more information, you can contact the organisation in your local area that runs SICAP. You can find contact details on the Pobal website at the following link: Pobal: SICAP.
You can contact the department unit responsible at this address:
SICAP is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.