The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022 provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.

It 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.

SICAP addresses 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 and assists both individuals and groups.

The programme is managed by 33 Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), with support from local authorities, and actions are delivered by Programme Implementers (PIs). 

Galway Rural Development is the Programme Implementer for the whole county of Galway and is managed by the Galway Local Communty Development Committee with support from Galway County Council.

Galway Rural Development works with marginalised communities and service providers using a community development approach to improve people’s lives. For example, this could mean helping people to find work or to upskill, by providing CV training, a personal development course, helping them to prepare for an interview or helping them onto a workplace programme such as CE or Tύs. GRD also works with community groups and provides training in  such areas as governance, social media, and committee skills.


 LEADER is an EU funded programme to support activities which improve the quality of life in rural areas and to diversify the rural economy. The programme has been delivered in a number ofdifferent stages since 1991 and in its current incarnation as part of the Rural Development Programme it is delivered by a network of 35 Local Development Companies throughout Ireland. It runs from 2014 - 2020.

Today LEADER exists as part of the Rural Development Programme and the supports on offer from Local Development Companies delivering the programme range from advice, training,mentoring and support to develop a business plan to the allocation of capital funding.

Rural Social Scheme

This Scheme provides for low-income farmers and fishermen who are unable to earn an adequate living from their farm holding/fishing, to earn a supplementary income....Read More


The provision of Tús was announced in the Budget 2011 and aims to provide short-term, quality work opportunities for those who are unemployed and to provide certain services of benefit to communities....Read More


The CE Scheme is designed to help people who are in receipt of a social welfare payment for one year or more to re-enter the active workforce...Read More

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.