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Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)


The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (known as SICAP) is the successor programme to the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).




SICAP has 3 Goals:

1.       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;

2.       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;

3.       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, or who are referred to SICAP, to move them closer to the labour market and improve work readiness, and support them in accessing employment and self-employment and creating social enterprise opportunities.

SICAP is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), including a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

Detailed information on SICAP can be found in the Programme Requirements document here