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Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is a national programme Co -Funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion & Learning 2014-2020.

This programme commenced on 1st January 2018 and will run until 31st December 2022. It is the successor programme to the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017.

SICAP is a community development programme which aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term employment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.

This is done using community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.

The SICAP programmes provide supports to the following people:

  • The Unemployed
  • The Roma Community
  • One Parent Families
  • People with a disability
  • Those living in communities which are less well off than others
  • Those on a low income
  • Migrant; refugees or asylum seekers and
  • Young people looking for a job or training

Programmes provided under SICAP include:


To improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports.

In Laois, the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) monitors the roll out of SICAP on behalf of DRCD and POBAL, which monitors funding of the programme.

Programme Implementer in Laois is Laois Partnership Company who can be contacted as follows:

Laois Partnership Company, Head Office, County Hall (Áras an Chontae), Portlaoise, Co Laois

Tel: 057 8661900    Fax: 057 8678043




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