Final Round of Strategic College Improvement Fund

The Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF) is part of a broader strategy to ensure that England’s further education (FE) colleges help learners develop the knowledge and skills that drive individual success, social mobility and economic prosperity.

SCIF will support colleges to deliver better outcomes for learners, employers and local communities. It will enable colleges to access resources that they need to improve their provision for students, including the best practice of other colleges, while at the same time mobilising and strengthening improvement in the FE sector.

The third and final funding round is now open to applications.

FE colleges and sixth-form colleges in England are eligible for funding.

Colleges must work with a partner college to undertake the programme of work that their application proposes.

It is expected that programmes will typically require a grant ranging between £80,000 and £200,000.

Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships, Anne Milton said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled that the Strategic College Improvement Fund has already supported 50 colleges to improve so they can provide their students with the best possible education.

“This is the last opportunity to secure funding from the SCIF, so I would urge eligible colleges to apply now.”

The deadline for stage one applications is 29 March 2019. Stage two applications must be submitted by 26 April 2019.

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