Primary schools in the North West to receive over two million in funding for maintenance

A total of 2.1 million euro in funding has been awarded to primary schools in the North West.

The funding has been allocated by the Department of Education for primary schools to carry out minor works and make small-scale improvements to school buildings and grounds.

Minor works funding may also be used for the 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.

Donegal got the biggest share of the funding, receiving 1.3 million euro. Sligo has been allocated 500,000, with Leitrim set to receive 300,000.

Minister for Education, Norma Foley said, “Minor works payments are a vital resource in terms of supporting the operation of schools generally and I am pleased to be able to announce funding that will allow school communities to address issues at local level.”

Arrangements are now being made for the early payment of these grants, to provide schools with a good lead-in period to plan and undertake works that will support the operation of the school going into the 2023/24 school year.