Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (known as SICAP) is the national local community development and social inclusion programme.  It provides social inclusion supports to individuals and community organisations.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2023 is co-funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Rural and Community Development and the European Union.

Please read below for more information about SICAP.

SICAP Community Supports*

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP):

  • Supports communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues
  • Builds the capacity of Local Community Groups
  • Aims to develop more sustainable communities

We support local communities and groups to identify and address social inclusion and equality issues.

We provide advice and support in relation to:

  • Setting up a community group
  • Accessing funding
  • Hosting a community event/meeting
  • Developing governance skills
  • Planning for the community
  • Doing community research and consultation
  • Establishing, sustaining or growing a social enterprise

A commitment to collaboration and working in partnership underpins all our community development activity. 

An example of collaboration and partnership in action is our recent activity working with Limerick Mental Health Association and Doras Luimni to support men living in direct provision in Limerick.  Further details can be found in the following case study report: SICAP in Action – Supporting Men in Direct Provision

*SICAP criteria and registration requirements apply

PAUL Partnership implements SICAP in partnership with 9 community-based organisations – Limerick City CDP, Moyross Community Hub, St. Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre, Limerick Island Community Partners, Garryowen Community Development Project, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group, Southill Hub, Tait House and the Learning Hub Limerick.

Contact Information

If you would like information about SICAP Community Development supports, please contact us at 061 419388, or or contact any of the SICAP implementing partners below.

Supports for Communities and Community Groups

PAUL Partnership

Unit 25a, Tait Business Centre, Dominic Street, Limerick, V94 WY42

Helen Fitzgerald
  061 419388 / 087 982 0352

Martina Shanahan
  061 419388 / 087 170 4552

David O’Connor
  061 419388 / 087 185 3459


Limerick City CDP


Sean McSweeney
  087 – 1172573

St. Mary’s Office, 5 Verdant Crescent, King’s Island, V94 XF40

Majella O’Connor
  061 411076 / 087 9475362

266 Avondale Court, O’Malley Park, Southill, V94E5Y9

Mary Fitzpatrick
  061 313024 / 085 7350273

Garryowen CDP

23 John’s St. Limerick, V94 W938

John Buttery
  061 310690

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