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SICAP Programme Overview

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 was established to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. SICAP 2018 – 2022 is the successor programme to SICAP 2015 – 2017 and will operate from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2022.

SICAP aims to address high and persistent levels of deprivation through targeted and innovative, locally-led approaches. It targets and supports those who are disadvantaged in Irish society and less likely to use mainstream services.

Through the Programme, Meath Partnership will continue to engage with marginalised communities and service providers using a community development approach to address issues relating to social exclusion and inequality. SICAP enables bottom-up approaches within the framework of a national programme which provides targets, performance indicators and requirements. Meath Partnership is responsible for the implementation of the SICAP Programme in County Meath. 

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 works under 2 Goals:

  • Goal 1: Supporting Communities
  • Goal 2: Supporting Individuals 

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Who is it for?

SICAP has specific 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
  • Lone Parents
  • New Communities (including Refugees/Asylum Seekers)
  • People living in Disadvantaged Communities
  • People with Disabilities
  • Roma
  • The Unemployed 
  • People who are economically inactive (i.e. carers, older people, etc.)
  • Low Income Workers/Household
  • Travellers
  • Disadvantaged Young People
  • Disadvantaged Women
  • Homeless people and those under threat of homelessness 

Recent Case Studies 

Collaboration in 2018

This case study presents a new initiative, Engage, introduced by Meath Partnership in 2018 under Goal 2 of SICAP in collaboration with the Navan School Completion Programme, CYPSE, Probation Services’ JLO and Navan Young Peoples Development Project, Education Welfare Officers, SUST Counsellor and LMETB Youth Officer. This case study highlights the positive impact that inter-agency collaboration can have when the objectives of multiple agencies are aligned for the benefit of disadvantaged young people.

Haven Project in 2019

This case study presents a new initiative called Haven introduced by Meath Partnership in 2018/2019 under Goal 2 of SICAP, an Information and Advocacy action. The initiative was supported by SOSAD Navan. This case study highlights the positive impact that inter-agency collaboration can have when the

objectives of multiple agencies are aligned for the benefit of people who are homeless.

For more information on the programme and the supports and services available, please contact the SICAP Team on 046-9280790.