48. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of the recently announced €190 million SICAP 2018-2022 fund that will be made available to local community development committee projects in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18908/18 asked on 02 May 2018)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): On 20 April I launched the new Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme, or SICAP.  This is a five year programme covering 2018 to 2022, and is a major investment to support the most disadvantaged individuals and communities in our society.

For 2018, the national allocation for the programme is €38 million.  I am confident that over the five year term of SICAP that my Department will, subject to the budgetary process each year, receive funding of some €190 million.

SICAP is overseen and managed by Local Community Development Committees, or LCDCs, and is delivered locally by Programme Implementers.  Funding is allocated to different areas using a methodology which considers the relative deprivation levels across Ireland.  In 2018, the allocation to the Programme Implementers overseen by the four LCDCs in County Dublin is €9.6 million.  On that basis, I anticipate that some €48 million will be made available to County Dublin over the period of the new five year programme.