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.
WHO WE WORK WITH
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).
WHAT WE DO - CURRENT WORK PROGRAMMES
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.