Student Development Fund 2017

What is NALA’s Student Development Fund?

The NALA Student Development Fund provides a small grant, of up to €650, to pay for a group activity for students outside the classroom. Centres who receive the fund agree to gather student feedback and send that in to NALA. 

In 2016, 68 organisations received the NALA Student Development Fund.

In total 1,666 students took part in activities funded by our Student Development Fund in 2016.

The funding was spent on student trips to places of historical interest, visits to museums and workshops. Examples include:
• Visits to Dublin for the 1916 exhibitions
• Trips to the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar
• A group trip to the Ploughing Championship
•'Managing stress' workshop with seven centres involved

You can read more about it in the 2016 NALA Report Student Development Fund attached below.

Who can apply for NALA’s Student Development Fund?

Small and large organisation members of NALA can apply for the fund. Small organisation members can make one application to the fund. Large organisation members can make two applications to the fund.

How can I apply for NALA’s Student Development Fund?

The next round of funding will be in March 2018. We let members know about the Fund through our monthly e-zine and we will have the fund advertised on our website under latest news. There are six criteria for the Fund which are explained in an information booklet.

Why does NALA provide a Student Development Fund?

NALA provide a Student Development Fund to:

1. support student development outside the classroom;

2. contribute to the SOLAS Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy by helping to identify barriers to participation in adult education and strategies to address these barriers; and

3. gather the views of adult literacy and numeracy students so that it informs both NALA’s and the adult education sector’s work. This is a key part of NALA’s Strategic Plan 2017 -2019.

I have a question, who should I contact?

If you have any questions you can email Margaret Murray, Student and Membership Officer, NALA on or telephone Margaret on 01 412 7928.