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Grants for Community Groups (SICAP)

Services Description

We assist collective community engagement and the development of strong, sustainable communities. This is achieved by providing direct supports to local community groups and supporting their capacity to represent the communities they serve and engage with stakeholders more effectively to address the social exclusion issues that affect their community.

Supports can be provided to any social enterprise where the work carried out is in line with SICAP objectives and benefits SICAP target groups. SICAP can support social enterprises to increase their capacity and assist them to engage with SICAP target groups.

Terms and Conditions

As Programme Implementer, STDC can allocate grants of up to XXXX to LCGs each year. One grant per year can be issued. For LCGs to be considered for a SICAP grant the following rules/criteria apply:

  • The purpose of the Grant and its outcomes must be aligned with SICAP programme objectives.
  • STDC will develop an LCG Support Plan for each LCG which will detail the outcomes that they wish to achieve and the actions SICAP will support them progress. As part of the Support Plan three actions will be identified that the LCG will focus on. These actions will identify what SICAP (and other) resources are required to implement the actions e.g. if a grant is required.
  • Grants are ‘of last resort’- they should not duplicate any other sources of funding for the same costs e.g. Local Authority, RDP, Community Facilities etc.
  • Supporting documentation will be provided to ensure that the money was spent for the purpose intended e.g. summary/evaluation report and evidence the expense was incurred. This report must be signed off by the chairperson of the LCG.

This support is monitored and evaluated by POBAL who administer an annual survey to those LCGs who have received SICAP supports, provide for qualitative data on the impact of SICAP support grant.

Who is this Service for?

The beneficiaries of Grants are Local Community Groups with a social inclusion focus and Social Enterprises that have remit to provide services to SICAP target groups.

Eligible activity types for LCGs
  • Establishment of Good Governance structures
  • Development of community strategic plans
  • Small scale capital items (including items that have higher cost than €1,500 and where there is evidence of match funding
  • LCG Capacity building activities
  • Community activities
  • Travel and Subsistence costs for LCG members to engage in regional and national learning and networking opportunities where no other funding is available
  • Actions focused on SICAP target groups e.g. Men’s Sheds, Women’s Groups, Youth work initiatives


Ineligible LCG activities
  • Travel and subsistence for employees of other service providers that are member of boards of management or have a role in projects led by LCGs;
  • On-going running costs e.g. rent, insurance, electricity, phone costs and office maintenance;
  • Grants to statutory services who provide breakfast clubs and homework support programmes.

Other Information

Contact Paddy Fitzpatrick at 087 3485239 or for more information.

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