The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. SICAP is a social inclusion programme which assists both individuals and groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals.
The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Ireland through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.
Goal 1: Supporting Communities
To support communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues, developing the capacity of Local Community Groups, and creating
more sustainable communities.
Goal 2: Supporting Individuals
To support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports.
Local Community Development Committee
SICAP is managed locally by Leitrim Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) with support from Leitrim County Council. Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) are the Contracting Authority. There are 33 LCDCs nationally and each manages SICAP at a local level and directs funding to PIs. LCDCs were established by Government under the Local Government Reform Act 2014 to bring about a more coordinated approach to local and community development. LCDCs are the key decision-makers in terms of annual planning, monitoring and oversight. They are responsible for monitoring PIs’ compliance through financial management and performance monitoring, and have responsibility for the bi-annual performance reviews and the annual planning process. LCDCs are the beneficiary body for ESF cofinancing and have responsibilities in relation to the management and reporting of that co-financing. As beneficiary bodies, the LCDCs are responsible for preparing the relevant financial and non-financial data declarations in relation to the PEIL 2014-2020.
The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
European Social Fund
The ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 is co-financing SICAP in the years 2018-2020. PEIL’s priority areas for investment revolve around the activation of the unemployed, social and labour market inclusion, education and youth employment.
For more information on SICAP go to: https://www.pobal.ie/app/uploads/2018/05/SICAP-Pro...