- €4,043,043 for ATU Galway
- €2,489,624 for NUI Galway
The funding, which will be distributed to 20 institutions, will be used to improve access for people with disabilities, and invest in necessary upgrades.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister Rabbitte said:
I wholeheartedly welcome this announcement by my colleague Minister Harris. Our government are committed to developing word class facilities for our third level students. The accessibility problems of today become the mainstream problems of tomorrow.
I truly look forward to a day when disabilities, mental or physical, are seen are seen as powerful assets if given the right opportunity, that human potential is realised at every opportunity along the educational highway, that the talent of the individual nurtured and promoted.
It takes a lot of guts to be different in this world, yet accessibility is something most of the population can benefit from and allows us to tap into everyone’s potential. Of course, I also welcome the proposed decarbonisation upgrades in line with our Programme for Government.
Minister Harris said:
As our third level sector concludes another academic year, this is an important investment ahead of the next college year.
The number of people attending higher education is increasing and our college campuses need to expand and improve to cater for this increased numbers.
This significant grant will give institutions flexibility to make improvements in key areas such as energy efficiency and decarbonisation upgrades.
The funding can also be used for accessibility upgrades – an issue close to my heart. This will help make campuses more accessible and inclusive.
This is a substantial devolved capital grant for higher education institutions to support a variety of capital priorities. It is the second year it has increased to €40 million – a signal of Government’s commitment to higher education and to delivering world class facilities.
Seven universities, five Technological Universities, two Institutes of Technology and six other colleges are benefitting from this devolved grant.
The funding can be used for energy efficiency and decarbonisation upgrades, investment to support universal access, general ICT and equipment upgrades, health and safety works and minor works and equipment.
Previous grant allocations under Project Ireland 2040 have delivered tangible benefits for students and staff.
Funding will be provided through the Higher Education Authority(HEA) for all Technological Universities, Institutes of Technology except for two who will be funded directly by the Department.
The Higher Education Authority will distribute the Devolved Grant for all Technological Universities, Institutes of Technology and smaller colleges except RIAM and DIAS. These institutions will be directly funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.
€40m Devolved Grant
Technological Sector sub-total
University/Colleges Sector sub-total