Capacity Fund for Schools and Trusts to Open to Applications

An £86 million grants programme to support trust growth and development across England opens to applications.

The Department for Education’s Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) awards funding to support trust growth and development across England.

The application round for 2022-23 is due to open on 1 April 2022.

TCaF has two strands:

  • A: For projects in which trusts will take on at least one additional inadequate or requires improvement school from one of the areas listed in the guidance
  • B: For all other trust capacity building projects.

Academy trusts or local authority maintained schools in England are eligible to apply.

A total of £86 million is available for this programme.

There are two strands of funding:

  • Strand A: For grants of between £50,000 to £310,000
  • Strand B: For grants of between £50,000 t0 £100,000.

All activities funded by TCaF must start no earlier than 1 April 2022 and be completed by 31 March 2023.

They must be focused on strengthening trusts’ central capacity and not improving individual schools.

Applications for the 2022-23 financial year will open on 1 April 2022 and will be considered until the deadline of 30 June 2022.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)