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.

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?

You can apply for the fund by filling in this online form by Friday 31 March 2017.

What are the criteria for getting NALA’s Student Development Fund?

There are six criteria for getting the Fund. These criteria are explained in the information booklet below.

What is the closing date for applying for NALA’s Student Development Fund?

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 March 2017

When will we know if our application has been successful for the Student Fund?

We will let you know if you were successful by Tuesday 2 May 2017.

I have a question, who should I contact?

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

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.


68 organisations received the NALA Student Development Fund in 2016

In total 1,634 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