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Last reviewed on 11 October 2021
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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.

What the fund covers and what you can spend it on

You had to apply by 17 December 2021 for the 2021/22 fund. If your application is successful, all activities must be completed by 31 March 2022.

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 such as IT, finance and HR Training and CPD for staff New

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