Funding grants to be paid to national schools across Limerick

Norma Prendiville

Reporter:

Norma Prendiville

Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan welcomed the announcement

Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan welcomed the announcement

ALL of Limerick’s 142 national schools are to benefit from a government grant, with even the smallest schools in line to get thousands of euro under the Minor Works Scheme.  

The grants are to be paid to all primary schools throughout the county and the country this week, Limerick’s Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan said, welcoming the announcement.

Each school will receive a flat rate ‘minor works grant’ of €5,500 plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil attending a special school or special class, Minister O’Donovan explained.  

“The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50-pupil school, for example, and over €11,000 for a 300-pupil school," he continued.

“This grant will go a long way towards improving the physical condition of our school buildings to the benefit of both pupils and the teachers who work there.”

The funds can be used for improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, the purchase of floor coverings and window blinds or the purchase of IT-related equipment.

However, it is expected to be late next year or January 2019 before the next minor works grants can be determined.