ICT infrastructure grants: 5th Feb 2018

Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020

On Feb 5th 2018, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced a €30Million investment in schools ICT infrastructure grants.


On 5th Feb 2018, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced an investment of €30 Million in ICT infrastructure for primary and post-primary schools. Schools do not have to apply for this funding, instead payment will be issued directly by the DES to eligible schools. Thousands of primary and post primary schools around the country will receive a grant to purchase equipment which will enable them to integrate digital technology in teaching and learning.

The grant, which will be received by all schools built before 2014, is allocated according to the size of the school plus a standard lump sum amount, is worth in excess of €4,100 for a 100 pupil school and almost €13,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary level. At post-primary level, the Minister said that the grant is worth almost €18,000 for a 500 student school, and over €33,000 for a 1,000 student school. Note - schools built since 2014 would have received funding for ICT infrastructure upon set up.

Some examples of what the funding can be spent on include:

  • Computing devices such as PCs, laptops, tablets or hybrid devices.
  • Networking equipment including wifi
  • Equipment for 'Presenting in the Classroom' such as projectors, interactive flat screens, remote presentation technologies etc.
  • Cloud based tools and software applications to support teaching and learning.
  • Learning platforms – these are generally cloud based applications used to support teaching and learning.

Today’s investment is the second instalment of the €210m the Government have committed to investing in ICT infrastructure for schools.

The link to the circular is: https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0011_2018.pdf 
The link to the Press Release is https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2018-press-releases/PR2018-05-02.html

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Advice on ICT Equipment/Infrastructure: 
If schools need advice on ICT equipment or infrastructure, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie