School capital funding – Updated guidance December 2022

Dec 12, 2022 | Finance Posts

Each year the Department for Education allocate funding to help maintain and improve the condition of school buildings and grounds.

The guidance has recently been updated – December 2022.


In any given financial year, eligible schools can access funding through either:

• school condition allocations (SCA), with funds paid to eligible bodies responsible for maintaining school buildings

• the condition improvement fund (CIF), a bidding round with funds paid directly to single academy trusts, small multi-academy trusts (MATs), small voluntary aided (VA) bodies and sixth-form colleges

In addition, devolved formula capital (DFC) is allocated for individual schools and other eligible institutions to spend on capital projects that meet their own priorities.

Who the funding is for?

School condition funding includes capital allocations for:

• local authorities and local-authority-maintained schools, including maintained nursery schools

• local voluntary-aided bodies and voluntary-aided schools

• academies and large multi-academy trusts (MATs) and sponsors

• sixth-form colleges

• special schools not maintained by the local authority

• special post-16 institutions with eligible students

Eligibility for SCA for the 2023 to 2024 financial year

Schools are either part of bodies eligible for SCA or are eligible for CIF depending on their size and type.

Local authorities, larger MATs and larger VA school bodies receive direct SCAto invest in priorities across the schools for which they are responsible. Smaller academy trusts, smaller VA bodies and sixth-form colleges are instead able to bid into the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

CIF eligible schools have been invited to bid into the fund for 2023 to 2024. If a school has been invited to bid for CIF in the 2023 to 2024 financial year, their responsible body will not receive any SCA funding on their behalf. Schools invited to CIF should therefore apply for funding if they have condition investment requirements.

To receive direct SCA, multi-academy trusts and VA bodies must meet both eligibility criteria:

• the trust or VA body must have had 5 or more open schools at the start of September 2022

• those open schools (or their predecessor schools) must have had at least 3,000 pupils counted in the spring 2022 census or the 2021 to 2022 individualised learner record (ILR)

Funding allocations for the 2022 to 2023 financial year

Capital funding is based on financial years. For the latest funding amounts see:

How the funding is calculated?

See condition funding methodology for 2022 to 2023 (PDF, 347 KB, 15 pages) for information on eligibility and how the funding is calculated.

What you can spend it on?

See condition grants spend guidance (PDF, 219 KB, 14 pages) for guidance on the purpose of the funding, what you can spend it on and over what time period.

Eligible schools and sixth-form colleges will receive an allocation from an additional £447 million of capital funding to improve energy efficiency in 2022 to 2023. This is part of an additional £500 million of capital funding for schools and further education institutions in England.

This funding is for institutions that were eligible for devolved formula capital in 2022 to 2023.


additional school capital funding allocations for 2022 to 2023 (ODS, 1.74 MB)

additional school capital funding allocations for 2022 to 2023 (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 1.47 MB)

We expect to make payments in December 2022.

Payments are for individual institutions. Payments may go through local authorities, dioceses or multi-academy trusts to pass to their schools.

For more information on the funding available, how it is calculated and what you can spend it on, visit the website here.

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