Who we are, What we do  

South and East Cork Area Development Partnership CLG (SECAD) is a Local Development Company established in 1995.  SECAD has evolved from an organisation managing a single funding programme into a platform managing a wide range of funds and services including, social investment and employment support programmes implemented on behalf of a number of Irish Government Departments and State Bodies.


As a Local Development Company, SECAD works with a range of different clients and stakeholders to deliver a number of major programmes along with other smaller schemes and initiatives in rural areas including: community and voluntary groups, disadvantaged target groups, job seekers, businesses (including private and social enterprise), farmers, schools and the corporate sector.


SECAD has vast experience in administering Irish government and European funds as well as transnational co-operation projects. Programme experience includes;

  • European LEADER/Rural Development Programmes
  • Social Inclusion Programmes –  Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP)
  • Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
  • Rural Social Scheme and Tus (Community Work Placement Schemes)
  • Rural Transport Programme
  • Equality for Women Measure (EWM)
  • INTERREG (North West Europe),
  • Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) through the ISEMOA project
  • ERASMUS+ (Teli2).


In 2017, SECAD began two projects under the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020, which focus on female entrepreneurship and improving female employability opportunities.

In addition to the funding programmes outlined above, SECAD delivers supports directly on behalf of government departments e.g. the Department of Social Protection.

Building on SECAD’s successful delivery of three previous social inclusion programmes, SECAD is delivering SICAP (Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme) across the South Cork area, including Gaeltacht areas since 2015.  SICAP is a programme aimed at reducing disadvantage and poverty and improving the opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration.

SECAD also manages a number of national contracts ie. Community Benefit Funds linked to the renewable energy sector and an all island innovative community based food programme, the Community Food Initiative.


Taken from Impact Report 2012 - 2013



Taken from Impact Report 2010 - 2013


SECAD Board 2017
Thanks for great day reviewing possibly Europe's most Innovative Rural Community Led Plans today in Cork… https://t.co/8bELr72Xay
Thank you to communities @Carrigtwohill @PassageWest @Corkcoco @FACIreland for collaborating to envision 5 year pla… https://t.co/YSB1rmYhSn
.@SECADCork Ryan Howard- ''plans reflect incredible talent, resources & energy that exists within communities. The… https://t.co/ZcwMRJRb2a
.@mayor_co_cork ‘’resilience is at the heart of this plan. A community & town that has the capacity to adapt & chan… https://t.co/7WRghA39zU
Plans outline vision & priority proposals for key social, community, environmental and business actions in Carrigtw… https://t.co/bO1psOhUvM
Plans focus on socio-economic development, sustainable growth and renewal through community led partnership over th… https://t.co/r2HyPmaWM9
.@SecadCork delighted to see the reports launch after extensive community and stakeholder consultation in Carrigtwo… https://t.co/REAte1iuk8
Launch of Town & Village Renewal five year plans kicking off @Corkcoco Vertigo suite at 12.30! Join community reps… https://t.co/pTFP8iacKs
Today @mayor_co_cork @SECADCork @FACIreland @CorkCoCo are joining with Cork communities to launch strategic plans f… https://t.co/SsVrs1YQrI
The inputs and support of #Euracademy were great in providing an external view of how to develop this special commu… https://t.co/FJTgWpga8W