Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme 2018-2022

Laois Partnership


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

Through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP), Laois Partnership (LPC) offers a variety of services to eligible individuals who wish to access training or education, develop or start a business or to local community groups within County Laois. The programme has a focus on geographically disadvantaged areas & groups working with specific target groups of the programme.

SICAP aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies and can make a real difference to those in our communities that are suffering disadvantage.  This short video provides an overview of the work of the SICAP programme.  

SICAP provides a range of supports to targeted individuals and groups including:

  • Community development support for projects and participation
  • Educational supports for children, families and young people
  • Training and Education
  • Enterprise Supports
  • Work placement programmes
  • Youth employment supports

Who does the programme prioritise?

Communities;Youth;Employment supports;Enterprise ;Individual Supports;

What Supports are available within the programme?

The programme has 2 categories:

Goal 1: Supporting disadvantaged communities, including community planning, group supports, building sustainable communities.

Goal 2: Supporting disadvantaged individuals, including employment supports, lifelong learning, self-employment supports

 Who can avail of your supports?

You can avail of SICAP supports if you belong to one of the 13 SICAP target groups:

  • Disadvantaged Children and Families
  • People living in Disadvantaged Communities
  • Disadvantaged Young Person (aged 15-24)
  • People with Disabilities
  • Disadvantaged Women
  • Roma
  • Travellers
  • Lone Parents
  • Low Income Workers/Households
  • New Communities
  • The Unemployed
  • Dis-engaged from the Labour Market   e.g. Carer, Retired, Student on a welfare payment, disability payment and unable to work
  • Homeless/those under threat of homelessness and needing social support