The purpose of the Summer Works Scheme is to devolve funding to individual school authorities to undertake small-scale building works which, ideally, can be carried out during the summer months or at other times that avoid disrupting the operation of the school. Under the terms of the scheme, school authorities are empowered to manage these works with guidance from and minimal interaction with the Department.
Funding for small scale projects will be allocated in accordance with the prioritisation criteria attaching to the scheme which, in the normal course, include the ability to have the works carried out during the summer.
Multi-Annual Summer Works Scheme (SWS) 2020 onwards
A new Summer Works Scheme that will be applied on a multi-annual basis commencing in summer 2020 is now open for applications. School authorities are being provided with a better lead in period for planning and delivering projects. The key features of this new scheme are:
- There is a longer application period. School authorities will have a 13 week period until 30 June 2019 to submit applications under the new Summer Works Scheme. This compares to a circa. 5 week period for submitting applications under previous schemes.
- School authorities will be notified in Q4 2019 of applications that are approved for delivery under the Summer Works Scheme for summer 2020. This provides a good lead in period for school authorities to manage the planning, organisation, procurement and delivery of their projects.
- As schools are now required by legislation to report annually on their energy usage through the SEAI’s website Energy-in-business/Monitoring and Reporting for schools, payment of the grant to schools who receive funding under this new SWS scheme will be subject to them registering on the SEAI website and making a commitment to submitting the appropriate returns.
All applications must be submitted via the Department’s Esinet Portal and paper based applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. For more information on this new scheme please see Circular 0027/2019 and Consultants Report Template which is available in Word and PDF.
Applications approved under Summer Works Scheme for 2016 and 2017
197 primary and post primary schools who made applications under Categories 1 & 2 (Gas and Electrical) were included in the first round of successful applicants who were approved funding in April 2016, under the multi-annual Summer Works Scheme for 2016 and 2017 – see list of schools. €30 million was allocated to this first round. All applicants were notified via the Department’s on-line Esinet Portal of the outcome of their application.
438 primary and post primary schools who made applications under Categories 3-6 to upgrade mechanical, sanitation and roof works were included in the second round of successful applicants who were approved funding in May 2017, under the multi-annual Scheme for 2016 and 2017 – see list of schools. €47 million has been allocated to this second round. All applicants were notified via the Department’s on-line Esinet Portal of the outcome of their application.
307 projects were approved for delivery in 2019 in December 2018 in respect of both primary and post primary schools. €40 million is approved in respect of successful applications under Categories 7, 8 and 9, i.e. windows, curricular requirements and structural improvements - see list of schools. All applicants in these categories were notified via the Department’s on-line Esinet Portal of the outcome of their application. See FAQ section.
The remaining applications under Category 10, which relate to external environment projects, require more detailed analysis. It is intended to undertake this analysis in 2019 with a view to enabling approved applications proceed in 2020.