Capital funding: school condition allocations

Find out about the school condition allocation (SCA), a capital funding grant to help maintain and improve school buildings.

Last reviewed on 2 November 2023See updates
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  1. Who is it for?
  2. What is it for?
  3. How do we get it?
  4. How is the funding calculated?
  5. What about funding for RAAC?

Who is it for?

School condition allocations (SCA) are paid to the bodies responsible for maintaining school buildings. This includes:

  • Local authorities 
  • Large voluntary-aided bodies – see eligibility criteria below
  • Large multi-academy trusts (MATs) – see eligibility criteria below
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • Special post-16 institutions with eligible students

MATs and voluntary-aided bodies eligibility

Only larger academy trusts and voluntary-aided bodies are eligible for SCA. You must have:

  • At least 5 open schools at the start of September 2023
  • At least 3,000 pupils counted in the spring 2023 census

For special schools and alternative-provision schools (including pupil referral units), the DfE multiplies the pupil count by 4.5 to reflect the typically lower pupil numbers and more complex facilities in these schools. This means that a MAT with 1,000 pupils in special schools would count as having 4,500 pupils, for example.

What is it