New £17m Trust Capacity Fund to help trusts grow announced by the Department for Education

The Department for Education (Dfe) has just announced a new capital fund to support trust growth and development across England.

The fund, also known as the trust capacity fund or TCaF in short, has made £17 million available for eligible trusts. The fund is available to multi academy trusts (MATs) wishing to grow further and accelerate their development.

The TCaF will be split in 4 strands:

  • A1: supporting strong MATs to grow and innovate

  • A2: supporting strong trusts to help improve weaker maintained schools or adding vulnerable academies to the trust

  • B: accelerating the development of mid-sized trusts

  • C: creating new strong trusts

Although each strand will have different eligibility criteria, they will all be dependent on the metrics below:

  • Financial health

  • Trust size

  • School improvement

  • Progress

  • Phonics attainment

  • English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

The maximum amount of funding available for each strand is currently as follows:

  • A1 – Grant value range £50k - £310k

  • A2 – Grant value range £50k - £200k

  • B - Grant value range £20k - £150k

  • C – Grant value range £20k - £100k

The Dfe has also launched a trust capacity fund eligibility checker to help trusts ascertain whether they would qualify for part of the £17m made available. To find out more, please click here.

Application forms and additional guidance documents will be published in August, with applications open from September to December 2019. According to the Dfe website ‘awards will be made in conjunction with growth approved by regional schools commissioners (RSCs).’

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