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What Next : What financial supports are available?

Specialist grants and scholarships


Caranua (formerly the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund) 

Caranua is the new service name of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund established in March 2013, to improve the quality of life and well-being of survivors of institutional abuse.

It can do this by ensuring that survivors are receiving statutory entitlements, adding to statutory entitlements and providing grants to individual survivors to avail of services. Assistance can be provided in the areas of:

  • Health, including mental health 
  • Personal social services
  • Education 
  • Housing

For more information on Caranua (RISF) please visit

Please note that this scheme commences from January 2014.

St Vincent de Paul

Due to overwhelming demand last year the Education and Training grant will not be running this year. There will be some help on a local level for clients of SVP, and there will be a small scholarship fund. Keep an eye on their website:, in the region section for further updates.


Members of SIPTU can apply for scholarships; awards can be made up to €1000. For more information on this scheme visit the SIPTU College section on their website


Members of IMPACT can apply for a grant for specific courses. For more information on eligibility criteria visit


The Special Initiatives for Disadvantaged Adults Scheme (SPIDAS) forms part of the Community Education grant. SPIDAS is a small discretionary fund to enable ETBs support disadvantaged adult learners enrolled in second chance education at levels 1 – 4 by providing funds towards the cost of fees, books, materials, travel and meals. It is only used in exceptional circumstances where all other programmes do not apply to a disadvantaged adult learner. Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance or in receipt of an allowance pertaining to a particular programme are not eligible for additional funding from this fund. Contact the Adult Education Officer in your local ETB. Visit for details of your local ETB.

Female bursary-financial supports for women apprentices

Through FÁS’s action programme for women – Women in Focus – FÁS provides opportunities for women to broaden their career options into new and non-traditional areas of work. To promote the entry of women into the designated apprenticeships, FÁS offers a bursary to employers in both the public and private sectors to encourage an increased level of recruitment of women apprentices. This bursary may help you in securing an apprenticeship. The bursary provides a total grant of €2,667 to each employer for each female apprentice recruited. The grant is a contribution towards wage and other apprentice costs over the first 28 weeks of phases 1 and 3 (on-the-job phases) of the Apprenticeship. The Application form, also available from FÁS Services to Business Advisors in each region, is sent in by the employer at the time of registering the female apprentice with FÁS. Visit

Burren College of Art scholarships

Burren College of Art, a private art college affiliated to NUI Galway they offers scholarships and funding opportunities for its fine art students. For more information please visit:

Credit Union Member Scholarships/Bursaries

Many Credit Unions in Ireland provide a number of scholarships or bursaries in their catchment areas for students studying at all levels of further and higher education. For details of your local Credit Union, visit or refer to the contacts section at the end of this booklet.

Dublin Port Company Scholarships 2013

Dublin Port Company, in conjunction with the Dublin Port Community Liaison Committee, has initiated a scholarship scheme in order to provide opportunities for individuals living in the Port area of Dublin to fulfill their potential through education.

Candidates for Scholarships:

  • Individuals living in the Port area of Dublin for a minimum of 5 years
  • Individuals who would experience significant financial difficulty in undertaking a third-level course of study
  • Candidates for the scholarships will include school leavers, mature students and individuals wishing to pursue third-level foundation courses as well as repeat Leaving Certificate students

The scholarship programme does not include postgraduates.

More information and application forms are available at

Annie Kelly Education Bursary

The bursary is designed to help people from North Inner City communities access further education. For further information please phone Miriam at 01 8366592 or email  

Ernest Walton STEM Bursary

For the 2012/13 academic year eight bursaries (Ernest Walton STEM Bursary) are being made available and are aimed at students who intend completing a third level course in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field  See more at:

Irish Taxation Institute Third Level Scholarship Programme

This scholarship programme is open to all Leaving Certificate students in the Republic of Ireland who have an interest in a career in taxation. The Irish Taxation Institute sponsors the student through third-level education and afterwards through the AITI taxation programme, qualifying the student to become a professional tax adviser. Visit and refer to the contacts section, for further information on the application procedure, visit:   


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