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Please note the deadline for the bursaries closed on September 6th at 5pm.

Any applications received after this will not be considered.

Due to the high volume of applications received this year a decision regarding the awarding of bursaries will not be made until October, we appreciate your patience in this matter.

Who can apply?

Which grant should I apply for?

How do I know if I attended a DEIS school?

Can I apply for all grants?

What is the maximum I can apply for?

Will the grant award cover my registration fees with my college or university?

Why is medical, employment and financial information required?

I was awarded a grant last year, do you still need my bank details?

What happens to the information I submit?

I was awarded a grant last year, do you still need a written reference?

I have been out of education for a long time and do not have an academic reference, what should I do?

If I have been awarded a grant how do I claim my grant?

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Who can apply?

Anyone from Kildare attending a third level institute to undertake undergraduate studies. Post Graduate and PLC studies will be considered on a case by case basis.

With regard to the Memorial Bursary for DEIS schools, PLC and Certificate courses will also be considered.

Which grant should I apply for?

Your circumstances will dictate which grant you are eligible for. The William G Carroll Bursary is for anyone who's course is focused on community development, improving communities or assisting communities.

The Kildare Council Bursary for People with Disabilities is for any course for an individual who may have an intellectual or physical disability which may act as a barrier to them undertaking this course.

The Kildare Council Members Memorial Bursary is for anyone undertaking an undergraduate or PLC course who had previously attended a DEIS school in Kildare.

How do I know if I attended a DEIS school?

The following schools are listed as DEIS schools in Co. Kildare:

Athy Community College

Curragh Post Primary School

St Conleths Community College

Pipers Hill College

St Farnans Post Primary School

Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin

St Pauls Secondary School Monasterevin

Can I apply for all grants?

Yes. If you tick the boxes relevant for you, your application will be considered  provided you meet the required criteria. However if your application is successful you will only receive one award.

What is the maximum I can apply for?

There is no section on which to state how much you wish to apply for, your application will be assessed by the committee and a decision will be made based off the information in your application.

Will the grant award cover my registration fees with my college or university?

The awards are designed to assist those attending third level education, however they will not cover "Course Fees" for an academic year.

Why is medical, employment and financial information required?

We ask for this information to help us validate the claims made in the applications forms, the more information we have the better able we are to make an informed decision on your application.

I was awarded a grant last year, do you still need my bank details?

Yes, we need this information to ensure that we have the correct bank details on file and to ensure that the money is paid into your account.

What happens to the information I submit?

The information you submit is stored securely within the council and is only viewed by the assessment panel, after a period of time the information is destroyed. Further details on this can be found in our privacy statement attached to the application form.

I was awarded a grant last year, do you still need a written reference?

If you were awarded a grant last year we will not require a written reference. However we would ask that you would include the contact details of your referees on the application form.

I have been out of education for a long time and do not have an academic reference, what should I do?

If you have no way of obtaining an academic reference you can submit a character reference from a former employer or a from a member of an organisation you have been involved in.

If I have been awarded a grant how do I claim my grant?

Upon award of the grant you will be issued a letter. This letter will instruct you to return your bank statement and a registration letter from your college to ensure that you are enrolled in your course for the coming year.