Grants payable to Primary Schools 2020/2021
- The standard Capitation Grant is currently €183 per capita
- It is paid over 2 instalments – 70% in January & 30% in June each year
- The grant is based on a minimum enrolment of 60
- Special schools and mainstream schools who have special classes receive enhanced rates which are outlined in the circular below
NB Where the school’s enrolment increases or decreases, the January payments are calculated on 2019/2020 (i.e. previous year’s) enrolment and the full adjustment for current year enrolment is applied to the June payment.
- The Ancillary Grant is currently €173 per capita (full rate) €89.50 (reduced rate)
- It is paid in March each year
- The grant is based on a minimum enrolment of 60 and a maximum of 500
- Special schools receive the grant based on the number of full-time teachers
See link to Department of Education circular 0017/2021
Minor Works Grant
- The Minor Works Grant is €5,500 basic plus €18.50 Mainstream (€74 Special Schools)
- It is normally paid in December each year but was paid in August 2020 due to COVID-19 and the return to school protocols
See link to Department of Education circular 0062/2013
- The ICT Grant is €2000 basic plus €30.25 per pupil (€33.28 Special Schools)
- It is normally paid in April each year but was paid in December 2020
See link to Department of Education press release
- The Book Grant is €11 per pupil enrolled (DEIS schools receive €21)
- It is paid in 1 instalment in April each year.
See link to Department of Education circular 0046/2013
DEIS Grant (DEIS schools only)
- The DEIS Grant is paid in June 2021
- Schools included in the School Support Program under DEIS receive a grant which is based on the level of concentrated disadvantage in each school and the school’s enrolment
Queries in relation to the DEIS Grant should be directed to Social Inclusion Unit in the Department of Education.
Standardised Testing Grant
- The Standardised Testing Grant is €5.10 per pupil, subject to a minimum of €140 per school
- It is usually paid in April each year
Summary of Grants
|Department Grants Income||Amount Paid||Month Paid|
|Capitation Grant||€183 per pupil mainstream||70% paid in January
30% paid in June
Per capita grant based previous academic year (min 60 max 500)
|Ancillary Grant||€173 per pupil full rate
€89.50 reduced rate
|100% paid in March
Per capita grant based previous academic year (60 min 500 max)
|ICT Grant||€2000 and €30.25 per pupil mainstream||100% paid in March
Per capita grant
|Minor Works Grant||€5500 and €18.50 per pupil||100% paid in August (Usually paid in Dec but brought forward due to COVID-19)
Per capita grant
|School Book Grant||€21 DEIS
|100% paid in April for next academic year|
|Standardised Testing Grant||€5.10 to a min €140 per school||Paid 100% in April|
|DEIS Grant||Based on DEIS Band||Paid 100% June for next academic year|
No, ICT grant cannot be spent on IT support or maintenance.
Yes, if there is any learning or teaching element to the website the school may use ICT funds.
No, only the HSCL portion (at least 10%) is ringfenced.
- Book Grant
- ICT Grant
- Special Education Equipment Grant ie Funding for a laptop for a special needs student
- COVID-19 Specific Grants
- Funding for an extension
- Minor Works Grant
- School Meals Grants
- Standardised Testing Grant
Usually you will receive an email with remittance information. If you have any query regarding funds received, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the school roll no.
The School Meals Grant is paid by the Department of Social Protection.
- All new applicants to the School Meals Scheme are required to set up a bank account specifically for school meals.
- Existing schools who did not operate a separate bank account for school meals funding, and where payments received were in excess of €10,000 per annum were required to have one in place from the start of the 2016/2017 school year.
- The Department of Social Protection will seek bank statements as part of the annual application process in addition to the income and expenditure account.
Standardised testing is carried out in May for 2nd, 4th, and 6th classes. The Standardised Testing Grant is €5.10 per pupil, minimum of €140 per school. It is generally a ring-fenced grant. However, as there are no tests for younger pupils, junior primary schools may treat it as a general grant. It was not paid in 2020 because of COVID-19.
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