The Bursary Fund - Supporting Young Catholics
The Catenian Bursary Fund helps Catholics aged 16 to 25 take part in community-based projects at home and abroad, which have a clear benefit for others as well as for the participant.
Applicants for grants do not need to have any connection to a member of the Catenian Association. This charitable fund administered by Trustees on behalf of the Catenian Association fulfils one of its original core aims: "to advance the interests of young Catholics and to assist them in their choice or pursuit of their career'.
Grants are made to contribute to necessary travel and living costs, which may be incurred by taking part in a voluntary project. Grants are never made to cover the whole cost.
There is no preferred duration for the projects. Each application is considered on its merits but grants are not paid to help pay for part of an applicant's educational course such as a medical elective. Recipients are required to provide a written report on their project, preferably with photographs of the work undertaken. Some are later published in the Association's monthly magazine 'Catena' or the Fund's annual report to publicise the work of the Bursary Fund.
The Trustees usually meet to discuss grant applications five times a year. Grants are not made retrospectively so applications must be made in good time. The Trustees may make any enquiries they deem necessary in coming to their decision.