The Summer Works Scheme (SWS) for 2016 and 2017 was recently announced by the Minister. The on line application system will be open to receive applications from schools from 2nd November 2015. Full details of the Scheme are available on the Department’s website at (Circular No: 0055/2015). Schools may apply for one small scale project only. Commensurate with the level of funding set aside for the Scheme, applications will be assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria (outlined in Section 3 of the Scheme’s Terms and Conditions). The responsibility for identifying and applying for the most urgent required project rests with the school authority.

The Scheme being announced will apply to both 2016 and 2017. Accordingly, a new call for proposals from schools will not be sought in respect of 2017. Under SWS 2016 and 2017, valid applications from schools that are not reached for funding reasons from within the funding made available in 2016 will qualify to be assessed for the purposes of the funding available in 2017, subject to the overall availability of funding.

A Freephone SWS Helpline service will be put in place to assist schools with any queries on the Scheme including completion of the application form. This service will be made available between the hours of 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm when the on-line system is opened for applications. The Freephone number is 1800 200 955.