Deputy Michael Lowry has welcomed the news from the Department of Education that a
payment of a Minor Works Grant of €2.85m is being made available for Primary
Schools, Special Schools and Post Primary Schools in Tipperary. This funding is part of
additional support in the context of Covid-19.
Given that each school setting is different, individual schools are best placed to decide
how best to use this funding to address their particular needs. It is anticipated that many
schools across the country will use this funding to provide a HEPA air cleaner, which is
deemed necessary to address a poorly ventilated area.
The relevant technical guidance can be found here with associated guidelines on
Arrangements are now being made for the payment of these Grants to schools A
Department Circular will be issued in the coming days with respect to this Minor Works
This significant increase in funding for schools will enable them to address both their
minor works requirements and also to address small-scale ventilation improvements at
school level as a short-term mitigation measure, should they require to do so.
Minor works funding is important in terms of supporting the operation of schools
generally and particularly within a Covid-19 environment. Schools may also apply for
emergency works grant assistance to address larger-scale issues on a permanent
This funding also provides an opportunity for schools to enhance their outdoor learning
environments for use as the weather permits.
The minor works grant funding provides good flexibility to address issues at local school
The works that can be undertaken under the Primary Minor Works Scheme include
maintenance and small-scale 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 and the purchase of IT related equipment etc.
Primary Schools – Minor Works Grant 2022/2023
School Size (Enrolments) €5,500 + €18.50 Mainstream + €74 SEN
Calculations in this table based on number of mainstream pupils only. The top up at
primary level amounts to 50 per cent of the above minor works grant.
Table 2: Post-Primary Schools Covid-19 Minor Works Grant
School size (Number of Students) Grant amount
Up to 500 €20,000
501 to 750 €25,000
751 to 1000 €30,000
Applications from post-primary schools in the fee-charging sector will be considered on
a case-by-case basis.