€39.2m funding for the 2020 Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 26 November 2019

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

 

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Increase in SICAP funding will benefit the most disadvantaged - Minister Ring

Mr Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, today (Tuesday, 26 November) announced €39.2m funding for the 2020 Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), the Government’s primary scheme targeted towards social inclusion intervention. This represents a 3% increase on 2019 funding for the programme.  

SICAP, which is co-funded by the European Social Fund, supports unemployed people, those living in deprived areas, people with disabilities, single parent families, people on low income, members of the Traveller and Roma community and other disadvantaged groups. Almost 32,000 people were assisted by the programme in 2018.   

Announcing the funding today, Minister Ring said:

“This increase underpins this Government’s on-going commitment to social inclusion and community development. This programme works to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through supporting local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations, public sector agencies and other stakeholders.”

Since 2018, with support from SICAP:

  • Over 43,00 people were supported, of which 40% were from a jobless household and 31% were long term unemployed

  •  16,502 people completed a lifelong learning course

  • 4,024 people set up their own business and 2,168 got jobs

  • 3,066 community groups were helped

  •  334 social enterprises were supported.

Minister Ring continued:

“The programme will continue to reach out to help those who need it most in disadvantaged areas, urban and rural, by encouraging and supporting people towards accessing mainstream services.  

“I know from experience that programmes such as SICAP make a real difference to communities on the ground, especially those groups and individuals in our communities that are marginalised and suffering disadvantage, and I will continue to do my best to secure additional funding for this vital programme.”

ENDS

Contact:

Daniel Rowan

Special Adviser to Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development

087 6177320

 

The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

076-1006843 / 087-1734633

Press.office@drcd.gov.ie

 

Notes for editors: 

 

SICAP Funding Allocations:
 

Lot Name/Number

2019 Budget

2020 Budget

Carlow County

547,157

563,572

Cavan County

756,620

779,319

Clare County

872,448

898,621

Cork City

1,236,063

1,273,145

Cork Kanturk, Newmarket & Millstreet

162,804

167,688

Cork Charleville & Mitchelstown

169,253

174,331

Cork Mallow & Fermoy

283,654

292,164

Cork South & East Cork

812,902

837,289

Cork West Cork District

306,018

315,199

Cork Bandon & Kinsale

158,880

163,646

Cork West Cork Islands

29,633

30,522

Donegal Inishowen

597,180

615,095

Donegal Gaeltacht

352,992

363,582

Donegal

1,058,745

1,090,507

Dublin Ballyfermot & Chapelizod

538,815

554,979

Dublin Ballymun, Whitehall & Tolka

1,530,109

1,576,012

Dublin Northside

1,141,723

1,175,975

Dublin Canal, Rathmines & Pembroke

1,331,543

1,371,489

Dublin Inner City

864,299

890,228

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

934,490

962,525

Fingal

1,209,846

1,246,141

Galway City

649,458

668,942

Galway County

1,601,582

1,649,629

Kerry North East & West Kerry

1,058,725

1,090,487

Kerry Rathmore & Gneeveguilla

56,067

57,749

Kerry South Kerry & Killarney

514,807

530,251

Kildare County

1,061,036

1,092,867

Kilkenny County

632,126

651,090

Laois County

586,627

604,226

Leitrim County

524,650

540,390

Limerick West Rural

523,536

539,242

Limerick Urban

1,239,147

1,276,321

Limerick East Rural

422,744

435,426

Longford County

511,559

526,906

Louth County

1,313,599

1,353,007

Mayo Islands

45,872

47,248

Mayo Ballina & Mayo West

730,388

752,300

Mayo Castlebar & Claremorris

493,650

508,460

Meath County

393,336

405,136

Monaghan County

631,656

650,606

Offaly County

760,463

783,277

Roscommon County

598,350

616,301

Sligo County

585,514

603,079

South Dublin County

2,106,129

2,169,313

Tipperary North

539,303

555,482

Tipperary South

634,083

653,105

Waterford City & County

1,120,415

1,154,027

Westmeath County

781,539

804,985

Wexford County

1,701,748

1,752,800

Wicklow Bray & Greystones

712,092

733,455

Wicklow Arklow, Wicklow & Baltinglass

602,227

620,294

GRAND TOTAL

38,027,602

39,168,430

 

 

  • SICAP assists both individuals and groups through a two-pronged approach; supporting communities and supporting individuals.

  • SICAP is implemented by groups across the country that were selected through a public procurement process undertaken by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs). 

  • LCDCs are responsible for the management and oversight of the contract with the Local Development Companies responsible for the delivery of SICAP at local level.  

  • 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.

  • SICAP target groups include; children and families living in disadvantaged areas, lone parents, new communities (including refugees/asylum seekers), people living in disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities, Roma, the unemployed (including those not on the Live Register), travellers, and  young unemployed people living in disadvantaged areas

  • Pobal, as agent of the Department and acting on the Department’s behalf, has responsibility for the national management and oversight of SICAP.  Their role includes monitoring the programme at a high level and preparing national programme progress reports.