Cork North West TD, Michael Creed has welcomed the announcement that The Minor Works Grant will issue to all primary schools in Cork North West, with permanent recognition, on November 20th. Commenting on the provision of €28 million nationally Deputy Creed said:
“This grant will provide much needed investment in local schools who will be able to use this funding to improve their physical infrastructure. They can also use the grant for the purchase of furniture, as well as PE and IT. Many schools have had to lean on parents to help pay for vital structural projects across the constituency so the restoration of the Minor Works grant last year and this year is of significant assistance.
“The 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 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