CCP SICAP Small Grants for Local Community Groups 2024 – Open for Applications

The 2024 Small Grants Scheme under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is open to community and voluntary groups in the Cork City area who are working to promote social inclusion and address disadvantage.

These grants are intended to help community and voluntary groups who support SICAP target groups and SICAP Focus Areas:

SICAP Target Groups:
People living in disadvantaged communities People impacted by educational disadvantage People living in jobless households or households where the primary income source is low-paid and/or precarious
People who are long-term unemployed People with a criminal history Refugees
International Protection Applicants Disabled People/People with Disabilities Heads of One-parent Families
Travellers Roma
SICAP Focus Areas:
Older people (aged 65+ Years) in isolation25


Refugee and migrant rights and integration Climate action and the just transition
Addiction Homelessness LGBTQI+
Youth (Aged <18 Years) Gender

The following criteria will apply:

  • The minimum grant will be €500. The maximum grant will be €2,500.
  • Closing date for applications will be Friday, 31st May 2024
  • Activities need to take place and be completed by 29th November 2024.
  • All groups will need to ensure their tax affairs are in order.
  • Supporting documentation, including invoices, delivery dockets etc. should be retained for a period of 6 years to facilitate verification checking by Cork City Partnership.
  • Groups receiving funding will be recorded as a beneficiary of SICAP on the Programme’s IRIS database.

Grants can be used to fund the following types of activities:

  • Community events that have a clear link to SICAP target groups and SICAP outcomes, such as supporting health and wellbeing, lifelong learning, employment supports and community integration.
  • Small-scale capital items that will improve and enhance the function of the LCG and its work.
  • Small-scale capital items that have a higher cost than €2,500 and where there is evidence that match funding is in place.
  • The delivery of a training programme on good governance structures within local community groups.
  • The development of a community strategic plan to engage with other funders and stakeholders.

Grants cannot be used to fund the following types of activities:

  • Salaries/Travel and subsistence for employees or board members of the applicant group.
  • Funding for on-going running costs incurred by LCGs for example rent, insurance, electricity, phone costs and office maintenance.
  • Grants should not duplicate other sources of local funding by funding the same costs.
  • Where relevant alternative funding is available to a particular sector, these groups will be ineligible.

Assessment of applications for funding

Cork City Partnership will assess applications based on the information supplied on the application form. If you would like further information, please email

Please note that there is a limited budget in place for these grants, so funding is not guaranteed. It is likely that applications will be shortlisted.

The applications will be assessed in line with the following key considerations:

  • Clear identification of need
  • Focus on SICAP target groups
  • Provision of clear and accurate costings
  • Fits within the criteria


Category 1 – Small Grant 2024

CCP Small Grant Application Form 2024

CCP Small Grant Guidelines 2024

Category 2- Environmental Grant 2024

CCP SICAP Environmental Grant Application Form 2024

CCP SICAP Environmental Small Grant Guidelines 2024

Email or post completed application forms to: Brenda Barry,

Social Inclusion Programme Co-ordinator, Cork City Partnership, Heron House, Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool, Cork, T23 R50R

  • Closing date for applications will be Friday, 31st May 2024.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday, 21st June.