The TCD Association & Trust was established in 1987 following the merger of the Association (est. 1928) and the Trust (est. 1955) and is governed by a committee of Trinity graduates who participate on a volunteer basis. The Association & Trust provides grant support for a wide variety of College projects where funding is not available from mainstream resources. It supports a significant number of projects each year – Trust supported 90 activities during the 2018/2019 academic year - covering a broad range of areas and groups across College including the activities of student clubs and societies, academic research, student welfare and travel, training and charitable activities. Some examples of past projects that have received grants include:
If you’d like to learn more or are interested in getting involved with the Association & Trust, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter at @TCDTrust. Membership to the Trinity Association & Trust is open to a number of different categories of Trinity affiliations, such as Fellows and Honorary Fellows, alumni, etc.
One of the main sources of funding for the TCD Association & Trust grants comes from the TCD Affinity Credit Card. With over 10,000 cardholders to date, a percentage of the annual turnover on these cards is donated back to Trinity by the Bank of Ireland.
The following information explains the process of applying for a grant with more detailed inforamtion below in the FAQs on Funding Criteria section:
5pm, Friday, 23rd October, 2020
5pm, Friday 26th February, 2021
By submitting this webform, applicants agree that the application, including the applicant's contact details, may be shared with the Executive Committee of the Trinity Trust for the specific purpose of assessing and awarding grants.
Grants are available to students and staff.
There are two opportunities per year to apply for grants. Grants are not awarded retrospectively. Normally, applications should be for projects which will take place within a year from the date of application. Closing dates for the current academic year are:
23 October 2020
26 February 2021
Applicants can expect to have a response on their application approximately four weeks after the deadlines.
The Trust allocates funding for the ‘advancement of learning and education in the College and the University and the maintenance and development of the educational and other charitable activities of the College and University’. Categories include:
- Food and drink costs
- Accommodation costs
- College courses fees / administration costs
- Grants for Postgraduates already being sponsored by a funding agency such as IRC, IRCSET, and SFI
- Printing tickets for events - please consider online ticketless alternatives
Although support is not usually provided for repeated applications, it is recognised that different generations of students may benefit from such projects
- A description of what you are applying for
- A budget explaining how the grant would be spent
- What other sources of funding have been applied for (if any), and the outcome from these requests
- An indication of how you could increase awareness of the Trinity Alumni Affinity Credit Card should you receive a grant.
Should you receive a grant, you should raise awareness of:
You can do this by:
Additionally, you must submit an activity report including photographs of the activity (cleared for use in an annual report and other Trust publicity) before funds can be drawn down.
Academic Publications - acknowledgement of support from the Trust and Association is required in the publication. Proof that the book is being published must be produced before any grant is released. Should the book be a commercial success, the author is expected to return the grant.