Trust Capacity Fund 2020 to 2021

12th February 2020

The details of the newest round of the Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) will be announced in March 2020, with the extra strand including rural schools for the first time.  

The new strand D covers rural schools, encouraging collaboration and the creation of “new, strong multi-academy trusts (MATs)”. They will be eligible for funding of between £50,000 and £100,000.

Applications for TCaF will be open for two periods:

  1. 6 April 2020 until July 2020
  2. September 2020 until December 2020

The timing for actual funding activity starts from 6 April 2020 through to 31 March 2021.

As before, there will be the opportunity to check eligibility, apply and then go through the 2 stage assessment by the RSCs before a decision on the outcome will be given, by the RSCs.

The overall funding pot is the same as the previous round, £17 million, with successful bids awarded in line with the various strands below. It is designed to support trust growth and development across England.

TCaF is not new, but the inclusion of rural schools is new and will be welcomed. It is intended to “support outstanding or good local authority maintained rural hamlet and village schools to collaborate and create new, strong MATs”.

TCaF will have 5 Strands:

  • A1: supporting strong trusts to grow and innovate in areas of long-standing need (£50,000 to £310,000)
  • A2: encouraging strong trusts to grow by converting and improving weaker maintained schools or adding vulnerable academies to their trust and improving them (£50,000 to £200,000)
  • B: accelerating the development of mid-sized trusts with the potential to be strong (£50,000 to £150,000)
  • C: creating new strong trusts either by single academy trusts joining larger trusts or by supporting the growth of existing trusts via mergers or priority projects identified by regional schools commissioners (£50,000 to £100,000)
  • D: supporting outstanding or good local authority maintained rural schools to collaborate and create new, strong multi-academy trusts (MATs) (£50,000 to £100,000)

If you would like to discuss the grant funding process or explore further, contact one of the team.


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