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Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 – 2020.

Tá an Clár Gníomhachtúcháin Pobail agus Cuimsiú Sóisialta (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 maoinithe ag rialtas na hÉireann trí an Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail agus arna chómhaoiniú ag Ciste Sóisialta na hEorpa faoi an Clár um Infhostaitheacht, Cuimsiú agus Foghlaim (PEIL) 2014-2020.

Social Enterprise

What is Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is an enterprise:

  • That trades for a social/societal purpose;
  • Where at least part of its income is earned from trading activity;
  • Is separate from government; and
  • Where the surplus is primarily re-invested in the social objectives.
    Forfas (2013) Social Enterprise in Ireland; Sectoral Opportunities and Policy Issues

Supports for Social Enterprises

We provide supports to new and existing social enterprises including:

  1. One-to–one mentoring support for start-up and growing your social enterprise
  2. Training especially designated for social enterprises
  3. Limited grants for specific funding needs
  4. Networking opportunities for social enterprises
  5. Resources on best practices for social enterprises

Social enterprises supported under SICAP must provide services to SICAP target groups / in disadvantaged communities or provide training, employment or volunteering opportunities for SICAP target groups.

SICAP Target Groups: Disadvantaged Children & Families; Disadvantaged Young People; Disadvantaged Women; Lone Parents; Low Income Workers/Households; New Communities; People Living in Disadvantaged Communities; People with Disabilities; Roma, Travellers; People Disengaged from the Labour Market and the long term Unemployed.

The Galway Artisan Workshop is a social enterprise that:

  • Houses the Social Enterprise Hub with desks, computer and WiFi available for start-up and expanding social enterprises. They also receive ongoing mentoring support.
  • Has a focus on upcycling and reducing waste going to landfill.
  • Shares space and skills with other groups that also have a social enterprise ethos.
  • Produces items for sale to the public.

For more information see:

SICAP - Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme

If you are considering setting up a social enterprise or looking for support to further develop an existing one you can contact:

Eileen Lauster,
Social Enterprise Development Officer


mobile: 086-008-0570

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