Capital Works In National Schools

Capital grants are paid towards the provision of new buildings and major renovations.

Major capital works in national schools are carried out in accordance with the Department of Education and Skill’s Planning and Building Guidelines. See guidance documents and information regarding design on the DES website here.

Details of the Department of Education and Skill’s current Building Programme are posted here. FAQs, application forms and technical guidance documents are also available from the website.

Enquiries and applications for capital grants should be addressed to the Planning and Building Unit, Department of Education and Skills, Portlaoise Road, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Application forms are available to download from the DES website (School Building and Design (PDF)).

Tel: 057 93 24300
Fax: 057 93 25393
Email: Planning Unit:
Building Section:
Contacts: DES Planning and Building Unit Sections and Contact Details

Information is also available from the DES website regarding tendering for school building projects.

Temporary Accommodation

Primary school authorities are aware from October each year of the expected mainstream staffing allocation for the forthcoming year, if there is no change in the staffing schedule. School authorities should, therefore, assess their accommodation needs on that basis and make application for additional accommodation under this scheme if it is clear that there will be an immediate urgent deficit of accommodation.

For more information on this scheme log onto the School Planning/Building section of the DES website.

Prefab Replacement Initiative

In 2012 the DES announced a prefab replacement initiative to replace rented prefabs with permanent structures. Under the new capital programme (2016-2021) the DES has announced its intention to replace all purchased structures over the lifetime of the programme.

The DES does grant approval for rental accommodation if it is going to be needed for less than three years – grants to construct permanent structures are given.

Emergency Funding

Form EWG, available to download from the DES website, should be completed and returned to DES when applying for grants for emergency funding.
In March 2011, the DES issued Circular 18/2011 (PDF) – scheme of capital grants for emergency works.

Download Emergency Works Scheme application form (Word)

Please note that when applying for Emergency Works Funding, Emergency Works grants only issue where there is a possibility that the school is unable to operate if the issue is not resolved.

Furniture Grants

Furniture grants are available automatically for new school buildings and classrooms.

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