Student Development Fund 2018


What is NALA’s Student Development Fund?

NALA's 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 2017, 66 adult education centres received grants from NALA's Student Development Fund. This supported 1,436 students to take part in fun and interesting learning activities outside the classroom and 1,205 of those students gave feedback on accreditation and numeracy.

The funding was spent on student trips to places of historical interest, visits to museums and workshops. Examples include:

• Tour with guide of Japanese Gardens and the National Stud

• Meeting of students from two different centres in Wicklow. Glasnevin Cemetery tour. Walk Botanic Gardens

• Rap, beats (hip hop) and songwriting workshop on students' themes (Community Training Workshop)

See below the 2017 Report on the NALA Student Development Fund.


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?

Read the information booklet attached below. After that you can apply for the fund by filling in this online form. The deadline for getting you application in is 5pm on Tuesday 24 April 2018.


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.