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 is being applied on a multi-annual basis commencing in summer 2020 was announced on the 29th March 2019 and was open for applications until the 30th June 2019. 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.
Applications approved under multi-annual Summer Works Scheme 2020 onwards
A total of 434 projects have been approved funding under the Summer Works Scheme 2020 onwards. 163 primary and post primary schools who made applications under Category 1 (Life Safety Systems) were included in the first round of successful applicants approved funding in November 2019 for projects to be delivered in summer 2020. A further 271 schools were approved funding in December 2020 for applications made under Category 2 (Primary Schools only) and Category 6. See list of approved schools 2020 here and list of approved schools 2021 here.
Schools approved funding for Summer Works Projects must comply with the Department’s Technical Guidance Documents. Schools approved projects for funding for the Summer Works Scheme 2021 must also read the following document here.
All applicants have been notified via the Department’s on-line Esinet Portal of the outcome of their application. Commensurate with the level of funding set aside for the Scheme, applications are being assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria outlined in the Circular accompanying the Scheme. In that regard, remaining applications submitted under categories 2 to 10 will be considered under future rounds of the Summer Works Scheme.
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.
242 projects were approved in November 2019 for delivery in summer 2020. The remaining applications under Category 10, which relate to external environment projects, will remain live and will be considered under future rounds of SWS.