Below you will find details of some of the programmes supported by the CKLP.  For more information, or to find out whether you are eligible to participate in a programme, please contact us.

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

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SICAP is the new Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme. It aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected. More information is available here.

Rural Development Programme

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 The LEADER programme has been supporting communities and business in County Kildare for almost 20 years.  Under  the Rural Development Programme 2007-2014, 232 projects were supported with €8.2 million in LEADER grant aid.  The projects supported have ranged in size from small projects to large flagship projects in a diverse range of sectors but primarily in the areas of farm diversification, enterprise, rural tourism, heritage, town and village renewal, community facilities and amenities, renewable energy and environmental projects.

The LEADER Initiative (Liaisons Entre Actions de Developement de l’Economie Rurale) was established by the European Commission in 1991 and was designed to aid the development of sustainable rural communities following the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.  Highly successful it operates across the European Union and in all rural areas of Ireland.  LEADER is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Irish Exchequer. More information is available here.


Rural Social Scheme

DSP_birdThe Rural Social Scheme aims to provide income support for farmers who are in receipt of long-term social welfare payments, and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities.  The Rural Social Scheme in County Kildare currently employs 22 participants and 1 supervisor.  The majority of RSS participants on the scheme in Kildare are involved in environmental maintenance with sports clubs and local community groups.  More information is available here.


DSP_birdThe TÚS Programme provides work placements for people who are long term unemployed and on the live register. The placements are with community and voluntary groups. We work with local voluntary groups to arrange work placements that are suitable to participant’s experience and skills, and help participants to improve their job readiness. More information is available here.