Education Grants Scheme


We know that the cost of attending college can sometimes be a big challenge for students and families on a low income.

To help with these costs, our Education Grants Scheme provides a small one-off grant towards college registration, course or exam fees for low income students enrolled on a further or higher education course. 

The scheme is not currently open for applications but will open again in 2022.


Do I qualify?

With limited resources, we use criteria to prioritise who receives our grants  - please check that you meet these qualifying criteria before you contact us:

  • You must live in specific areas of Bray, Delgany, Enniskerry, Greystones, Kilcoole, Kilmacanogue, Newcastle Lower - when you contact us we can check your address in our system. 
  • You must have a secure place on, or already be attending, a part-time or full-time Post Leaving Certificate or Higher Education Undergraduate course.
  • You must meet other criteria such as being unemployed or low income, living in a low income household - see full list of our target groups below.
  • Since, under our funder's rules, the grant can only be used to pay towards college registration, course or exam fees, if you are already getting these paid (eg through VTOS) you will not be eligible for this scheme.


What can the grant be used for?

  • The grant can only be used to pay towards college registration, course or exam fees. 
  • We will either pay the college direct, or reimburse you on production of a receipt showing you have paid one of these fees to your college.


Checklist for applying

  1. You must live in Bray, Delgany, Enniskerry, Greystones, Kilcoole, Kilmacanogue or Newcastle Lower; and
  2. You must belong to one of the target groups below;
  3. If you do qualify, email to request an appointment to drop in and register with us, or call Lorna on 01 286 8266.
  4. You will need to bring with you a letter from your college confirming you have a place on your course, and proof of your home address.

See also the HEA Student Finance page for information on different sources of funding for students.

SICAP target groups

This grants scheme is funded through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018 – 2022  - which aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion at a local level through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. 

The programme provides supports for individuals from these groups:

  • Disadvantaged children and families
  • People living in disadvantaged communities
  • Disadvantaged young people (aged 15-24)
  • People with disabilities
  • Disadvantaged women
  • Lone parents
  • People who are unemployed
  • People who are disengaged from the labour market (economically inactive)
  • Low income workers and households
  • New communities
  • Roma people
  • Travellers

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. 

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