SICAP (2018-2022)

What is the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)?

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 (2018 – 2022) is the successor programme to SICAP (2015 – 2017).

SICAP is a social inclusion programme which assists both individuals and groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals.

Who is responsible for SICAP ?

SICAP is managed locally by Mayo Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) , and one of the Programme Implementers(PI)  in Mayo is Mayo North East LEADER Partnership

Who funds SICAP?

SICAP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

(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).

What is the aim of SICAP?

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.

What are the SICAP Programme Goals?

SICAP (2018-2022) has 2 goals ;

Goal 1: Supporting Communities –  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.

Further information on SICAP (2018-2022) contact Mayo North East on

Further information on SICAP (2018-2022) nationally is available at

“Reaching to the past to create the future”

A Mayo North East Case Study 2019

This is a video case study highlighting how supports from the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme 2018-2022 (SICAP) has made a difference to the Michael Davitt Museum in Straide, Co Mayo. The approach adapted by Mayo North East is based on the concept of Socio-Cultural Animation.

The museum is managed by a voluntary board of Directors and receives staffing support from Mayo North East through Community Employment. The Department of Rural and Community Development also provide a contribution towards the employment for a full-time Curator.