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Government funding for schools

Government funding to help schools with exceptional costs related to COVID-19 – deadline 21 July

The Education and Skills Funding Agency is providing funding to schools in England to help cover costs relating to specific items up to the end of the 2019 to 2020 summer term.

There are three cost categories against which applicants can make a claim:

  • Increased premises related costs (including utilities) required to keep schools open over school holiday periods, for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
  • Support for free school meal for eligible children who are not attending school, where the costs are not covered by the national voucher scheme.
  • Additional cleaning, over and above existing cleaning arrangements, where applicants have a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The level of funding depends on the number of pupils and ranges from up to £25,000 for mainstream schools of up to 250 pupils to £75,000 for mainstream schools exceeding 1,000 pupils.

Special schools and alternative provision can receive up to £50,000.

Funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools and alternative provisions, including:

  • Primary/secondary/all through maintained schools, academies, and free schools
  • 16 to 19 academies and maintained schools
  • Maintained special schools
  • Special academies and free schools
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • Pupil referral units
  • Alternative provision academies and free schools
  • Maintained hospital schools and academies.

Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website.