Our Education Fund is the mainstay of our Education Programme. The Fund was established in 2015 with support from the Community Foundation for Ireland. It provides financial assistance to people in the protection process to access Further and Higher Education.

Through generous donations from the public and the private sector, the fund has continued to assist people in the international protection process with their educational needs including course fees and transportation costs. A huge thank you to all our generous donors - we cannot do this without your annual support. 

The Fund is usually open for applications in June/July with grants offered in August/September for courses running from September to the following May. We accept donations to the fund all year around. 

Our Impact In 2022

  • 297 applications for financial support received.  
  • 67 students awarded financial grants via our Education Fund 
  • Average grant awarded: €650; 62% of recipients female and 38% male. 
  • 64 students assisted to receive university or state funding.   
  • 5 webinars, training sessions and Continual Professional Development conducted to support people working in the sector. 
  • 6 online information sessions for students and potential students held.  
  • 903 people now members of our Education Facebook page.  
  • 1,723 people on our Education Programme database.  
  • People supported aged 18-60 from 41 countries. 

Download 2022 Impact Report

Whether you or your company would like to help us to continue to support the education of refugees and people seeking protection in Ireland, you can do so in the following ways:

(1) You can make a one-off payment or schedule regular payments   Donate directly to our dedicated Education bank account. 

Irish Refugee Council 

Bank Name: Allied Irish Bank 


IBAN:  IE69AIBK93338449657479 


(2) You can support our education work while also helping to plant some trees by participating in our Putting Down Roots fundraiser.

Putting Down Roots

(3) You can set up your own fundraiser. 

If you want to find out more about our education work, or would like to organise a fundraiser or become a partner for our Education Fund, please get in touch with Charlotte via email by clicking the blue button below:

Email Education 

See how the Education Fund supported Manufa here.