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 Self-Employment Supports*

We provide a one-to-one Enterprise Support Service to people who are unemployed and would like to explore the option of becoming self-employed.

We provide help with:

  • Exploring a business idea
  • Accessing relevant enterprise training
  • Applying for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Exploring the reality of self-employment

Enterprise Training

PAUL Partnership and Limerick Local Enterprise Office (LEO) provide a joint-funded Enterprise Training Programme to support Small Business Start-Ups in Limerick City.

The Enterprise Training Programme consists of a selection of Finance, Sales & Marketing and other business-related courses & events.  All courses/events are free of charge.

Details of the 2023 Autumn/Winter Enterprise Training Programme can be found here:

Enterprise Training Programme Autumn-Winter 2023

For further information re the various courses on offer, please click on the course outlines:

Basic Marketing Principles – Spring 2023

Bookkeeping Basics 2023

Costing & Pricing Workshops 2023

Digital Marketing Workshops 2023

Marketing Workshops 2023

Selling & Sales Workshops 2023

For further information or to register interest in any of these courses, please contact Jane O’Mahony on 061 419388 or

SICAP – Social Enterprise Supports

We provide advice and support to community groups and individuals to:

  • Support the development of new social enterprises
  • Support and provide advice to existing social enterprises
  • Advise on business planning and project feasibility
  • Identify other social enterprise supports and funding opportunities
  • Support the development of social enterprise forums and networks

In 2019, we supported the development and publication of a ‘Guide to Setting up and Running a Community Café’. The Guide was developed in collaboration with the community organisations currently managing Community Cafés in Limerick City – Moyross Community Enterprise Centre, St. Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre, The Learning Hub, St. Mary’s Aid, Our Lady of Lourdes, Tait House and Southill Hub, as well as the Northside FRC.

To download a copy of the Guide, click here: Guide to Setting Up and Running a Community Cafe – Final

For more information about the project, go to: Guide to Setting Up and Running a Community Café Launched

Social Enterprise Limerick 

Social Enterprise Limerick (SEL) is a practitioners’ network of Social Enterprises in Limerick City, supported by PAUL Partnership.  SEL ains to encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration among Social Enterprises in Limerick.  The network is involved in a range of training, development and promotional activities. SEL has a particular focus on specific thematic areas relevant to Social Enterprise in the city, including Community Food Provision, Community Gardens, Circular Economy & Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Community Childcare and more.

The network has recently been approved for funding under the ARISE programme, which is a Dormant Accounts funded initiative for the promotion of Social Enterprise.

ARISE funding will be utilised to develop a range of promotional materials for network members and to highlight the activities of the Network, with a particular focus on the development of digital media/video content. For more information of the SEL ARISE project contact the PAUL Partnership Social Enterprise Officer, Michael Gleeson on

This project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund

*SICAP criteria and registration requirements apply

Contact Information

If you would like information about our Enterprise Support, please contact us at 061 419388, or or contact any of the SICAP staff members below.

Enterprise Support Service (Individuals)

PAUL Partnership

Tait Business Centre, Dominic Street, V94 WY42

Ann Marie Gleeson 

Nuala Rennison 

Jane O’Mahony (Enterprise Training)

Supports for Social Enterprises

PAUL Partnership

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

Michael Gleeson 
  061 419388

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