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Rural Social Scheme

The Rural Social Scheme is a community work programme with a focus on the provision of direct services in the community. The aim of the Rural Social Scheme is to address certain issues in rural Ireland:

  • To provide income support for farmers and fishermen who are currently in receipt of long term
  • Social Welfare payments.
  • To provide certain services of benefit to rural communities by harnessing the skills and talents of the farmers participating on the scheme.
  • Participants will experience opportunities to improve existing, or develop new skills, and perform valuable work in the community.
  • The RSS provides additional resources to maintain and improve local amenities and facilities in rural communities.

While responsibility for the operation of the RSS lies with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, it is managed at a local level, on their behalf, by the Local Development Companies.

There are a total of 2,600 placements on the Rural Social Scheme throughout the country. Places on the scheme are allocated in ratio to the number of farmers in receipt of Farm Assist per region. Currently the allocation for County Leitrim is 100 places.

Further details on becoming a participant can be found here

Further details on becoming a community group or voluntary organisation can be found here

Main Office

Church Street
Co. Leitrim N41 RF24

Tel: (071) 9641770
Fax: (071) 9641741

Sub Offices

Mohill Enterprise Centre
Co. Leitrim N41 Y4C0

Tel: (071) 9631715
Fax: (071) 9631895


New Line
Co. Leitrim F91 YK5R

Tel/Fax: (071) 9856016

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The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is co-funded by the Irish Government, through the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the European Social Fund Plus under the Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) Programme 2021 -2027.

Leitrim Integrated Development Company Ltd - Reg. Office, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. Reg. No. 451100

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