25 November, 2014 - Minister for Education and Skills announces €28m Minor Works grant for National Schools
Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today announced the provision of €28m in funding for primary schools in 2014. The Minor Works Grant will issue to all primary schools with permanent recognition next week. The €28m fund is focused on improving the physical infrastructure of schools and investment in equipment and furniture.
The rates payable are €5,500 per school plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and more than €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.
“The Minor Works Grant is an important funding injection for primary schools and I am pleased to be able to provide the funding this year. I know the funding is put to very effective use by schools.” said Minister O’Sullivan.
The works that can be undertaken under the Minor Works Grant include improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, and the purchase of IT related equipment. The grant issuing to all primary schools with full recognition allows schools to carry out minor works without needing to deal directly with the Department.
With the school population continuing to increase in both the primary and post-primary sectors, the Minister said her priority continues to focus on major school projects and devolved smaller projects to meet the demographic demands. She added “I will assess my Department’s capital position this time next year to determine the prospects of a 2015/2016 Minor Works Grant.”