Five non-Government schools in the ACT are to share $3.75 million in the first round of a $15 million grants program aimed at upgrading their infrastructure.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry said the Government would provide $15 million for infrastructure grant funding over four years for non-government schools, consistent with needs-based funding principles.
“In this first round of the program $3.75 million will be provided across Emmaus Christian School, Holy Family Primary School, St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, Taqwa School, and Blue Gum Community School to assist in upgrading their infrastructure,” Ms Berry said.
“Applications were assessed with a focus on upgrades that increase capacity and amenity of schools and which improve accessibility to disadvantaged groups including students from low socio-economic status backgrounds, students with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and students with a low-level of English language proficiency.”
She said the second round of the program would begin in 2020 and provide further support to non-government schools to increase capacity and improve facilities for the next generation of students in the ACT.
The Minister said the money allocated was on top of the Government’s $85 million provided for public school infrastructure upgrades.