€2.25 million in funding for 2018 is being provided for Galway as part of the new Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).
SICAP, which is part of the Department of Rural and Community Development, provides funding for life-long learning, job-seeking and for projects and initiatives which strengthen communities.
Administered on behalf of my Department by Pobal and overseen at a community level by the Local Community Development Committees, SICAP has a proven track record of helping disadvantaged people and strengthening communities in both urban and rural areas.
The programme supports unemployed people; people living in all areas; people with disabilities; single parent families; those on low income and other disadvantaged groups.
Schemes and initiatives funded by SICAP are extremely important as we try to make sure the benefits of our buoyant economy are felt by everyone.
My colleague at the Department, Minister Ring has today confirmed a national Government investment of €190 million through SICAP over five years to support the most disadvantaged individuals and communities in our society. This announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to providing funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level for the next five years up to 2022.