Government of Ireland
Logo - Co-funded by the European Union
Pobal - Government Supporting Communities
Social Inclusion and Community Programs
Galway City partnership

“The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme(SICAP) is co-funded by the Irish Government, through the department of Rural and Community Development, and the European Union through the European Social Fund Plus under the Employment, Inclusion, Skills, and Training (EIST) Programme 2021-2027”
“Tá an Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) cómhaoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann, tríd An Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail, agus An tAontas Eorpach tríd an European Social Fund Plus faoin Employment, Inclusion, Skills, and Training (EIST) Programme 2021 – 2027.”

Social Enterprise

What is Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is an enterprise:

A Social Enterprise is an enterprise whose objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact, rather than maximising profit for its owners or shareholders.

It pursues its objectives by trading on an ongoing basis through the provision of goods and/or services, and by reinvesting surpluses into achieving social objectives.

It is governed in a fully accountable and transparent manner and is independent of the public sector. If dissolved, it should transfer its assets to another organisation with a similar mission.

National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022,

Department of Rural and Community  Development, July 2019

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
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