Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
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245. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of applicants from the post-primary schools in the fee-charging sector that applied for the post-primary schools Covid-19 minor works grant; the number that were successful in securing funding; the amount of funding that was provided; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24015/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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As part of additional support in the context of COVID-19 a once-off COVID-19 minor works funding totalling €17m issued to all eligible Post Primary schools in the free scheme during December 2021. Circular Letter 00065/2021 also made provisions for applications from post-primary schools in the fee-charging sector. These are being considered on a case-by-case basis taking into account the specific requirements in relation to ventilation having regard to the Department’s published guidance.

To date there have been 24 applications, 7 have been approved funding to the total value of €132k in total. 1 application was refused on the basis the air cleaners purchased did not meet the Department’s

specification. The remaining 16 applicants lodged incomplete submissions, these will be assessed on receipt of the full documentation.

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