Trust capacity fund: who's eligible and how to apply

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.

Last reviewed on 20 April 2022
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Contents
  1. What the fund covers and what you can spend it on
  2. Who's eligible?
  3. Apply for the fund

This article is based on the DfE's (Department for Education's) Trust Capacity Fund guidance for 2022 to 2023.

What the fund covers and what you can spend it on

Apply by the next deadline – 16 December 2022. If your application is successful, you must complete all activities by 31 March 2023.

The are 3 strands of the trust capacity fund (TCaF):

Strand

Purpose

Amount available

A

Projects in which your trust will take on at least 1 additional inadequate or requires improvement school from 1 of the Education Investment Areas (EIAs)

£50,000 to £300,000

B

Projects in which your trust will take on either at least 1 inadequate or requires improvement school outside of an EIA or any school within an EIA

£50,000 to £200,000

C

Projects in which your trust will take on good or outstanding schools outside of an EIA

£50,000 to £100,000

What you can spend