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Voluntary funds: what can they be used for?
Read guidance from the Charity Commission and our education experts on using voluntary funds, and see examples of how schools use their funds, including cases where the school is registered as a charitable organisation.
Non-public funds might be called something else in your school – for example:
- Private funds
- School funds
- Unofficial funds
- Governors’ funds
For the sake of ease, we’re using ‘voluntary funds’ in this article.
First, check with your LA or ESFA
A representative from the Department for Education (DfE) told us that maintained schools should check with their local authority (LA) for guidance on spending their voluntary funds.
Academies should contact the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for guidance if they have specific questions about how the funds should be spent.
Spending should relate to the reason the funds were raised
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