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In early February, the department announced the core principles of the Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) 2020 to 2021, set to launch on 6 April 2020. Following this, we have now published full details of the fund, to allow prospective applicants to consider and prepare applications before applications open in April.
On 9 March, we published:
- the Trust Capacity Fund application form
- guidance explaining what the Trust Capacity Fund is, who is eligible to apply for funding, and the criteria against which applications will be assessed
- two eligibility checkers to allow prospective applicants to check their eligibility in advance. One eligibility checker covers strands A1 to C, whilst the other covers strand D.
As previously stated, there will be 2 periods within the 2020 to 2021 financial year to apply for the Trust Capacity Fund:
- the first opportunity to apply will begin on 6 April 2020, requiring all growth applications to be approved at headteacher boards by 31 July 2020
- the second opportunity to apply will begin from 1 September 2020, requiring all growth applications to be approved at headteacher boards by 31 December 2020
Headteacher board dates will differ according to region. Please contact your RSC office for further details. Activity taking place between 6 April 2020 and 31 March 2021 can be funded through the Trust Capacity Fund.
During both application periods all funded activity must be completed by 31 March 2021.
Applications for TCaF must be linked to a successful growth proposal, approved by the relevant RSC, in order to be eligible. Trusts with growth proposals approved by their RSC between February 2020 and December 2020 headteacher boards will be eligible to apply for funding through the Trust Capacity Fund 2020 to 2021.
The Trust Capacity Fund uses a two-stage application process. Stage one will use published criteria to determine whether a trust is eligible to apply, and under which strand of the fund.
Once an eligible trust makes an application for funding RSCs will undertake a stage two assessment, evaluating each project on the information contained within the application. RSCs will make a final decision on whether the trust should be funded, under national guidelines.
All assessments will be subject to national moderation.
If you have any queries about the Trust Capacity Fund, please contact your RSC office for further information.