Capital Funding to Improve Educational Buildings and Facilities

The Department for Education (DfE) is providing the T Levels Capital Fund (TLCF) with the aim of helping eligible providers have world class facilities for the delivery of T Levels.

T Levels are new technical study programmes that will sit alongside apprenticeships within a skills training system.

There are two elements of the fund:

1. Specialist equipment allocation (SEA)

2. Buildings and facilities improvement grant (BFIG)

All providers that have been selected to deliver T Levels from September 2022 are in scope to receive the Specialist Equipment Allocation (SEA).

Buildings and facilities improvement grant (BFIG)

Eligible providers should apply for a BFIG if they have a pressing need for capital funding to support the delivery of T Levels. For example, if their buildings are in poor condition, unsuitable for delivering T Levels or they have an estate at risk of becoming inefficient and their project can deliver high value for money.

This process will cover all pathways included in the T Level route(s). The seven pathways are:



Education and childcare

Health and science

Engineering and manufacturing

Business and administration

Legal, finance, and accounting.

Eligible applicants must be a provider on the DfE’s list of Providers selected to deliver T Levels; and:

Are an Academy, Further Education College, Higher Education Institution, School, Sixth Form College or University Technical College; and

Have not previously been awarded a BFIG for the T Level route for which they are applying.

Where an Academy is part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) the MAT will need to apply on behalf of the Academy.

Grants of between £200,000 and £1,400,000 are available (depending on which pathway is being applied for).

The deadline for applications is 26 March 2021 (noon).

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