Funding available to eligible providers of 16 to 19 education to accommodate upcoming demographic increases in 16 to 19-year-olds.


At the 2020 Spending Review the Government committed additional capital investment in the education estate to support levelling up education across England. This included £83 million in 2021-22 to ensure that post-16 providers can accommodate the expected demographic increase in 16 to 19-year-olds.

The funding is intended to support BME community organisations to continue delivering services to communities facing racial inequality who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns in Scotland.

For the purposes of this funding, ‘communities facing racial inequality’ refers to communities typically but not exclusively referred to as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME). These are communities who may be facing discrimination, marginalisation, or disadvantages.

The core objectives of the post-16 capacity fund are:

  • To provide additional capacity in 16-19 providers, where there is due to be a demographic increase in learners and there is not enough existing capacity to accommodate that increase
  • To ensure that provision to be delivered through the additional space developed meets local and national skills requirements and is reflective of learner demand; and
  • To do so in the most efficient and sustainable way possible, to ensure value for money for Government investment, and to support the target set by Government for the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050

Eligible providers are invited to bid for capital funding to support these objectives.

Status Open
Funding body Department for Education (DfE)
Maximum value £4,000,000
Reference ID S46651
Category Education, Employment and Training
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