Trust establishment and growth funding: who's eligible and how to apply

Apply for this grant if you're creating a new multi-academy trust (MAT) or expanding an existing one into a new area. Find out if you're eligible, how much you could get and how to apply.

Last reviewed on 28 November 2023
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  1. What is it? 
  2. Who's eligible?
  3. What does the fund cover? 
  4. Application deadlines
  5. How to apply 
  6. How your bid will be assessed

This article is based on the DfE's Trust Establishment and Growth (TEG) funding guidance for 2023 to 2025 (see the 'information for applicants' document).

What is it? 

The Trust Establishment and Growth (TEG) fund is a competitive grant of up to £50,000 per project to provide start-up funding to either:

  • Existing trusts wishing to expand or create a new multi-academy trust (MAT) hub, or
  • Organisations wishing to establish a new trust

There are 2 funding strands:

Strand Minimum
grant value
grant value
A - projects in 'education investment areas' (EIAs) taking on a minimum of 3 schools £10,000 £50,000
B - projects outside EIAs taking on a minimum of 3 schools £10,000 £50,000

See a list of EIAs on pages 13 to 15 of the application guidance linked above.

Who's eligible?

Be an "established high-quality MAT" or an organisation wishing to set up a MAT in an area Be considered in good financial health by the Education and