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