Last reviewed on 20 April 2022
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The fund is primarily for trusts to take on underperforming schools in areas of higher need. Find out if you're eligible, how much you could get, and how to apply. Next deadline is 30 June 2022.

This article is based on the DfE's TCaF guidance for 2022 to 2023.

What the fund covers and what you can spend it on

Apply by the next deadline - 30 June 2022. If your application is successful, you must complete all activities by 31 March 2023.

The are 2 strands of the trust capacity fund (TCaF):



Amount available


Projects in which your trust will take on at least one additional inadequate or requires improvement school from one of the high priority areas (see Annex A of the application guidance)

£50,000 to £310,000


All other trust capacity building projects

£50,000 to £100,000

What you can spend it on

The type of 'growth' projects that are eligible for TCaF are: 

  • Sponsor matches for schools with directive Academy Orders
  • Trust mergers, including a single academy trust (SAT) joining a larger MAT
  • Academy transfers from one trust to another

Establishing new central processes