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Community and Integrated Development

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022

SICAP is a national programme which aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment. SICAP(2018-2022) is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and also receives funding from the European Social Fund(ESF).

SICAP is administered by POBAL and managed at a local level by Mayo County Council who monitor and are responsible for the programme on behalf of the LCDC.

Following a public procurement process Mayo LCDC awarded contracts for the delivery of the SICAP Programme to two local development companies: namely South West Mayo Development Company(for the Mayo Islands and Castlebar and Claremorris Municipal Districts) and Mayo North East LEADER Partnership(for Ballina and West Mayo).  

SICAP’s vision is to improve the life changes and opportunities of those who are most marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration. There is a focus on youth and specific interventions to address youth unemployment.

To ensure it is a targeted and focused programme only people who are from one or more of the following groups are eligible for support: 

  • Disadvantaged Children and Families 

  • Disadvantaged Young People(aged 15 to 24) 

  • Disadvantaged Women 

  • Emerging Needs Groups 

  • Lone Parents 

  • Low Income Households 

  • New Communities 

  • People living in Disadvantaged Communities 

  • People with Disabilities 

  • Roma 

  • Travellers 

  • The Disengaged from the Labour Market(economically inactive) 

  • The Unemployed

Contact the Community Engagement Section  


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