SECAD Partnership CLG

SECAD Partnership CLG is a Local Development Company with over 26 years’ experience in providing rural development and social inclusion supports to address issues of disadvantage. SECAD has managed and delivered a range of national and European funds that have provided award winning supports in the areas of employment and well-being supports, social inclusion, healthy eating, sustainable communities, and biodiversity reaching thousands of people annually.





Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity


  • Active citizenship
  • Education and training
  • Employment and job creation
  • Environment
  • Health services and health promotion
  • Immigration, refugee and asylum seeker supports
  • Mental health
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Rural development
  • Services for older people
  • Services for people with disabilities
  • Social inclusion
  • Sustainable development
  • Unemployment
  • Young people / youth work


  • Development of education and training materials and programmes
  • Digitalization
  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Research
  • Technological innovation

EU Project Experience

Substantial experience

  • SECAD Partnership is an Implementing Partner of the LEADER programme in parts of South Cork and West Cork on behalf of the South Cork LCDC and the West Cork LCDC. Projects include the Sustainability for Food & Drink Businesses Training Programme, Sustainable Communities Training Programme South & West Cork and “My Town, My Plan “.
  • The Female Employability  Healthcare Opportunities Training and the Female Entrepreneurship – Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) were two projects delivered by SECAD and co- funded as part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) to promote gender equality, employability and business start-up among women. The employability initiative has been shortlisted for an AONTAS star award.
  • SECAD is a partner in the European Erasmus funded project Transnational Education in LEADER Implementation (TELI2), with Limerick Institute of Technology as lead partner.
  • SECAD Partnership is a programme implementer of SICAP 2018 – 2022 providing a range of community and individual supports to address deprivation, disadvantage, and social exclusion.
  • SECAD also has experience in managing further European funding such as INTERREG (North West Europe) and Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)

EU Funding Goals

We are  eager to continue to strengthen our National and European networks and forge new partnerships in European projects.

We are particularly interested in developing innovative health and well-being smart solutions, as well as creating agri-environmental and biodiversity friendly focused supports, training and measures for local farmers and the development and management of “green spaces”.

We want to play a leading role in achieving significant, positive impacts on well-being – fully utilizing existing supports and adopting smart approaches.

We also want to expand our involvement in agriculture, leading projects on regenerative agriculture and ensuring sustainable, environmentally friendly, and regenerative agricultural practices.


With over 26 years’ experience in community development, SECAD has worked hard to develop strong-connections with community, voluntary, commercial and research bodies on a National and International basis across Europe.

SECAD is home to a strong team staff with wide ranging and extensive backgrounds and skill sets, and expertise incorporating all aspects of rural development planning and implementation, sustainability and social inclusion to tourism and biodiversity.

SECAD’s significant strength is the experience held of managing significant funding from both the EU and Irish Government.

SECAD has experience in developing strong application proposals for large scale EU funding programmes, and working with a variety of partners to implement tangible results on the ground.

SECAD works to pioneer and conduct independent sectoral research into new areas of interest and potential action, eager to investigate new ways in which we can engage with our relevant stakeholders and provide new services to our communities.


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