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Funding for Capital Projects in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges (UK)

From the 1st May 2020, high achieving secondary schools and colleges will be eligible to apply for a grant towards the cost of capital projects through the Wolfson Foundation’s Funding for secondary schools & sixth form colleges programme. Secondary schools and Sixth form colleges are eligible to apply for grants of between £15,000 and £100,000.

Grants of between £15,000 and for £50,000 are available for equipment projects and grants of between £15,000 and £100,000 are available for new build and refurbishment projects.

The Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme is primarily dedicated to supporting the teaching of A-Levels and GCSEs at high-achieving state-funded schools and sixth form colleges. The Foundation funds capital projects and in the past allocated approximately £1.75 million each year to new build, refurbishment or equipment projects related to the teaching of science, computer science, design & technology, art, languages, music and performing arts. 

Schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence determined by a combination of criteria, but mainly through the receipt of an outstanding Ofsted assessment (or regional equivalent) are eligible to apply.

Note: Special schools or special colleges should visit the Funding for special schools and colleges area of the Foundation’s website for grant opportunities.

Awards made in 2018 include:

  • Biddulph High School, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire: £50,000 for New servers and network equipment
  • Silverdale School, Sheffield, South Yorkshire: £50,000 towards a New science laboratory
  • Shoreham Academy, West Sussex: £35,000 for IT equipment for music and art

There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 applications are submitted online, via the online portal for applications. Please note applicants will need to register an account before starting an online application.

The deadline for stage 1 applications will be the 10th June 2020.

Stage 2 applications will be via invitation only.


Useful Links:

Background and Case Studies

View the list of questions asked at Stage 1

30th March 2020