National School: Minor Works Grant

Funding Body: 

Department of Education

Grant Amount: 

€5,500 plus €18.50 per pupil or €74.00 per special needs pupil

Application Deadline

Open all year

Applicant Type: 

This fund is available to a National Schools Board of Management and/or a Principal to carry out minor works to National School properties, to improve school buildings and grounds, improve or replace building services, furniture, equipment, fixtures and fittings.


About:Funding for minor works to National School properties was made available to all primary schools with permanent recognition for the school year 2014/2015 on the following basis:
  • €5,500 basic grant plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil on the rolls on the 30th September of the year prior to the issue of the grant. (The €74 rate applies to a special needs pupil attending a special school or attending a special class attached to a mainstream school);
  • The grant will only be paid in future years as funding permits.


The funds being transferred to the schools must be spent on the physical infrastructure of the school or on items of furniture and equipment for educational use including IT related equipment.  Works covered include:-

  • improvements to school buildings and grounds (Items such as bicycle/scooter storage/parking for pupils, the replacement of windows, roof repairs, re-surfacing of school yard, re-painting and re-decorating, improving insulation standards and improving access for all qualify under this heading);
  • 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;
  • the purchase of IT related equipment (Items such as computers, printers, overhead projectors and photocopiers qualify under this heading).

Schools need not apply to the Department for approval to carry out works or to purchase items covered by the scheme.

The Minor Works Grant 2014/2015 issued to schools during the month of December 2014.  There is no application process associated with this Grant.

For full details of this scheme, please read the information leaflet available for download below or click here.


Further Information

For further information, please do get in touch. 

Call: 057 932 4300 

Fax: 057-9325409 

Address: School Building Unit, Department of Education and Science, Portlaoise Road, Tullamore, Co Offaly 




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