SICAP Community Group Supports

SICAP is the government’s national Social Inclusion Programme for Ireland. Clare Local Development Company delivers the SICAP programme in Co. Clare.

The programme aims to support community groups, children, young people and adults from targeted disadvantaged communities or specific target groups e.g. Travellers, New Communities and people with disabilities.

We provide community groups with advice, guidance and training supports.

Some examples of groups we have supported include the Nigerian Association of Clare, the Polish Irish Association, Family Resource Centres, disadvantaged women’s groups and parents groups linked to DEIS schools in the county.


If you would like to find out if we can support your group please contact our SICAP development team on 065 686 6800

SICAP provides a variety of different supports to local community groups in Clare. See below examples of groups which we support.

The Clare Leader Forum is an independent group of people with disabilities who are working to provide a voice on disability issues in Clare

The Polish Irish Association represents the Polish Community in Co. Clare and is actively involved in various intercultural activities

The Scoil Chríost Rí Parents Group is a parents group of children who attend Scoil Chríost Rí in Ennis, who are supported to become more involved with the school community through a variety of different activities


What is SICAP?

SICAP in full is “Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme” and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Pobal and the Local Community Development Committee in Co. Clare.

Programme Aim

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.

This programme will run from 2018 – 2022.

Who is it for?

SICAP has specific ‘target’ groups to ensure it is a targeted and focused programme. Only people who are from one or more of these groups are eligible for support under the programme:

Disadvantaged Children and Families
People living in Disadvantaged Communities
Disadvantaged Young People (aged 15 – 24)
People with Disabilities
Disadvantaged Women
Lone Parents
The Disengaged from the Labour Market (Economically Inactive)
Low Income Workers / Households
The Unemployed
New Communities

SICAP has 2 Goals

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.

We Support Communities

Developing a group
Accessing Funding
Influencing decision makers
Hosting a community event/meeting
Training or facilitating
Growing a social enterprise

We Support Individuals

Improving quality of life
Identifying next steps
Finding out about rights & entitlements
Exploring educational, training/employment options
Accessing a small grant for training
Applying for Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and Enterprise Grant
Farm income options

News from the SICAP Programme

Poetry shows us what is possible

Poetry shows us what is possible

The poem you see here was written by Daniel Meehan, a participant in our “Stepping Stones” programme. Stepping Stones is a personal development programme that supports people to develop both personally and professionally. Daniel shows us poetically the impact that...

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CLDC Staff give moving interview on ClareFM

CLDC Staff give moving interview on ClareFM

"When you think that life is over, in this moment you find people who will show you that NO, you are ALIVE, you must live. You must start. You must live your life." We are very proud of our staff who spoke on ClareFM this morning! Have a listen here (11min) to hear...

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If you would like more information please contact +353 65 686 6800 or email


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