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Education Finance Board dissolved

The Education Finance Board (EFB) ceased to accept applications at the end of November 2011 because its fund had been exhausted.

The EFB was established by the Irish Government in February 2006 under the provisions of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act, 2005.  The Board provided financial assistance for training and education to former residents of designated institutions, and their relatives, from a contribution of €12 million made by religious congregations in 2002.

You can access information on the activities of the EFB by clicking on the Annual Report and Accounts tab.
Following its dissolution, the remaining functions of the EFB were transferred to Caranua in March 2013. Caranua is a separate agency to the EFB, however on its establishment Caranua inherited outstanding business and other commitments from the EFB. All outstanding commitments were completed by mid-2014.

Caranua was established by the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012, to address the health, housing and education needs of survivors.  To be eligible to apply to Caranua, you must have spent time in an institution as a child, and received an award through settlement, Court or the Residential Institutions Redress Board in relation to your time in an institution.

Caranua opened for applications in January 2014.  For more information on Caranua, including details on applying, please go to

Education Finance Board Education Finance Board, Floor 3, Frederick Court, 24/27 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1 Tel: 1890 742 742 Fax: 01 8745709 Email: