Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has confirmed €170,000 for Kildare Wicklow ETB following an announcement of funding of €5.4 million in further education capital grants for Education and Training Boards (ETBs) by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD.


The new funding is in addition to €8 million issued in April under the Devolved Capital Grant to the 16 ETBs to invest in small-scale Further Education and Training (FET) investment priorities at a local level under Project Ireland 2040.


Minister Heydon said, “In recognition of the impact the €8 million devolved funding in April has had at local level, further projects valued at €5.4 million have now been approved for delivery under the Devolved Capital Grant which will prove to be an essential part of the overall funding framework to support Kildare schools in the delivery of FET by making small but important improvements to their services.”


“This approval follows an Expression of Interest process, approved by the Department in early summer, to identify further suitable projects in 2023 for funding. Projects approved cover health and safety issues, small-scale energy efficiency measures, equipment and requests relating to positive improvements for learning spaces.”


“I am glad to see this funding approved which reflects our continuous commitment to advancing education in Kildare, aiming to further enhance the quality of learning environments, concluded Minister Heydon