Student Support Grants

Student Support Fund Grants 2021-2022

We are delighted to launch the grant process for the Student Support Fund 2021-2022.

Last year, the Student Support Fund was established to support projects responding to the social, emotional, financial and educational challenges faced by TU Dublin students, specifically in light of Covid-19. Eight deserving programmes were funded, as described here.

We are now inviting new applications for consideration for 2021-2022.

Application Process

The Student Support Fund aims to support projects that meet an identified need among TU Dublin students which may include challenges created, and that continue to be felt, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The closing date for receipt of online applications is Wednesday November 24th 2021.

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted with successful applicants being notified by mid-December.

For further information, please contact the TU Dublin Foundation: foundation@tudublin.ie

To apply for funding, please submit your online application form here.

Grant Criteria

The Student Support Fund supports projects or initiatives that make an impact in the following areas:

  • Students facing increased financial or other exceptional challenges
  • Student engagement
  • Mental health and well-being
  • New ways of teaching and learning
  • Career development
  • Technological support for students facing a digital divide
  • Projects targeting specific groups of students who have been, and continue to be, adversely affected by Covid-19

All projects must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Close an inequality gap, ensuring a level playing field for students experiencing financial challenges, health and mental health challenges, a digital divide, or other exceptional circumstances that is adversely affecting a student’s educational experience
  • Meet an increase in demand for an existing service or activity for students at TU Dublin
  • Fund an alteration of an existing service or activity (for example taking a service online or delivering in-person services) for students
  • Offer a new innovative service or activity (encouraging innovation across campuses) for all students at TU Dublin

Examples of projects funded could include:

  • Providing financial aid to students facing challenges for whom other funding is not available
  • Technology support activities
  • Online health and in-person well-being activities
  • Adoption of new technologies for learning or engagement
  • Mentoring or career development programmes, a speaker series or new skills development.

All projects must:

  • Clearly demonstrate a need and the impact the project will have in addressing that need
  • Outline a clear budget and timeline for delivery
  • Have clearly defined intended results and targets
  • Demonstrate an attempt to take a TU-wide approach with collaboration across campuses, or the potential to develop an idea that is applicable pan-University
  • Projects must endeavour to address future sustainability beyond this funding, if relevant
  • Demonstrate capacity to deliver
  • Be implemented within one year of funds being allocated

Who can apply?

Applications are open to colleagues across all schools, departments and functions in TU Dublin, including TU Dublin Students Unions.

Available Funding

Currently, circa €35,000 is available in funding. Grants are available across three levels:

  • Seed Funding: €10,000 in smaller grants of €1,000 or €2,000
  • Growth Funding: €10,000 in grants of between €2,000 and €5,000
  • Impact Funding: €15,000 in larger grants of over €5,000

Use of Funds

All projects must submit a budget on application. TU Dublin Foundation will work with the successful applicants to agree how funds will be allocated. Please ensure budgets are realistic and reasonable.

Examples of use of funds can include equipment, specialised services, technology, marketing materials, professional expertise, and promotional activities.

To ensure maximum impact across the University the Student Support Fund will not fund individual students. Students in need of individual financial support should contact the financial aid office.

How to Apply

Applications are only accepted via the online application form.

Review of Applications

The grant review panel will be chaired by Registrar and Deputy President, Dr. Mary Meaney, with members from the Chaplaincy Service, Students Union and TU Dublin Foundation.