Primary schools under diocesan patronage are reminded that capital building projects require the prior approval of the Patron. The local parish priest has to submit the necessary application form.

School Building Projects

A reminder is given that the approval of the Patron is required for all capital building projects, i.e. replacement, extension and other work schemes.  It is diocesan policy that for all capital building projects in our Parish schools that the Parish Priest should seek approval from the Diocesan Administrator before any contracts are signed.

In all school capital building projects (in schools under the patronage of Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin) it is essential that all parties understand that the client in terms of the Department of Education and Science (DES) is the Parish  not the Board of Management.

It is the Parish  as landowner and de facto school trustee  that bears ultimate responsibility for whatever local contribution may be required along with the main DES funding to complete the renovation or new building. Thus, school planning (and funding) proposals must be routed through the Parish.

Click here for appropriate application form – Capital Project Application Form

Financial Planning

The form is particularly designed to identify what is the total local contribution within the overall project. The local contribution for the approved work is usually capped at 32,000 for an extension and 63,000 for a new school. Any cost over and above those figures must be clearly identified. In the devolved grant schemes, the local contribution can vary greatly and must likewise be clearly identified.

It is important that parishes/schools do not over-commit resources without a clear financial plan.

N.B. Should a later tender price or alteration in the project mean that the required local contribution would exceed the figure submitted to the Patron, the application should be re-submitted  again before any contracts are signed  so that the full and final cost is approved.