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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 - you have until 17 December 2021 to apply.

We updated this article so that it's in line with the fund details for 2021/22. The article is based on the application guidance

What the fund covers and what you can spend it on

You must apply by 17 December 2021 and all work must be completed by 31 March 2022.

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

Strand

Purpose

Amount available

A

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

B

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

Examples of activities for which you can seek funding for include:

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