Guidance

SFA funding rules

The rules that apply to all further education provision funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

The web pages listed below, according to funding years, set out the rules for publicly funded colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers (FE providers) that offer education and skills training.

2016 to 2017 funding year

Funding Rules 2016 to 2017

Funding Rules 2016 to 2017

You can either use this link to build your own set of rules to account for the various programmes you deliver, or if you are only delivering a single programme, such as Adult Education Budget (AEB), you can use the combined rules for AEB that we have listed below.

Combined rules for Adult Education Budget (PDF, 729KB, 51 pages)

Combined rules for apprenticeship frameworks (PDF, 509KB, 42 pages)

Combined rules for apprenticeship standards (PDF, 642KB, 74 pages)

2015 to 2016 funding year

Funding Rules 2015 to 2016

These documents set out the rules for providers who receive funding from the SFA to offer education and skills training for 2015 to 2016. It also includes the trailblazer apprenticeships funding rules 2015 to 2016 for all organisations in receipt of funding for the delivery of training or the end-point assessment of apprenticeship standards for the funding year 2015 to 2016.

This page also contains information about the funding and performance-management rules for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014 to 2020 Programme. The rules apply to all providers funded by the European Social Fund through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

2014 to 2015 funding year

Funding Rules 2014 to 2015

These funding rules apply to all publicly funded colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers (providers) who receive funding from the SFA for:

  • adult skills budget (including apprenticeships)
  • Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS)
  • European Social Fund (ESF)
  • community learning

This page also contains the funding rules which apply to the Trailblazer apprenticeship standards. These rules apply from 1 September 2014 to 31 July 2015 for all organisations in receipt of funding for the delivery of training or the assessment of Trailblazer apprenticeships for the funding year 2014 to 2015.

2013 to 2014 funding year

Funding Rules 2013 to 2014

These funding rules apply to all publicly funded colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers (providers) who receive funding from the SFA for:

  • adult skills budget (including apprenticeships)
  • Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS)
  • European Social Fund (ESF)
  • community learning