Accelerated Modernisation Scheme
The Accelerated Modernisation Scheme (AMS) is being introduced to accelerate the modernisation of teaching and learning environments in schools.
The Accelerated Modernisation Scheme is a 5 year funding programme, starting with schools in the 2018/19 5YA cycle. Schools may be eligible for a 100% increase in the 5YA budget, up to a maximum of $200,000.
Schools eligible for other funding over and above baseline 5YA funding (such as Budget Plus) can also access AMS funding for a qualifying project. This supports schools to undertake both essential infrastructure works (Priority 2) and modernisation works (Priority 3).
10YPP Priority 3 works
AMS funding can be applied to a Priority 3 project identified in the schools' Ten Year Property Plan (10YPP) to modernise teaching and learning environments. This might be:
- an identified Priority 3 project which has been scaled back to align with the available budget
- a project that has been deferred to years 6 to 10 of a 10YPP
- a newly identified Priority 3 project which supports the school's strategic vision for school property.
If a Priority 3 project to modernise teaching and learning environments is identified in the 10YPP, schools can access AMS funding by:
- submitting the 10YPP to the Ministry by 30th November in the first year of the 5YA
- letting the contract for the AMS project or be actively progressing the project by 31st May in the first year of the 5YA.
Accessing AMS funding
To speed up the process to access AMS funding, we are temporarily loading AMS budgets against the school's 5YA in the next 5YA cycle (from 2018/19 to 2022/23).
If there is a qualifying project agreed in the 10YPP, schools will be able to access this funding. If a qualifying project is identified after the 2018/19 10YPP has been signed and agreed, the plan can be reviewed and updated.
If schools do not have a project which qualifies for AMS funding, schools are unable to meet the qualifying timeframes, or there is a portion of AMS funding not required for an agreed AMS project, the full or remaining AMS funding will be returned to us.
For more information, schools should contact their Property Advisor or regional Ministry office.
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