What is the additional capital funding?


As announced in the 2018 Budget, an extra £400 million in-year bonus will be allocated to schools in England.

This article provides a breakdown on how the funding will be allocated and how it can be used.


Who is eligible?


The additional capital funding is available for:

  • Maintained nursery schools.
  • Primary and secondary schools.
  • Academies and free schools (including alternative provision).
  • Special schools.
  • PRUs.
  • Non-maintained special schools.
  • Sixth form colleges.
  • Special post-16 institutions that have eligible state-funded pupils.


How can it be spent?


Eligible schools are able to spend this funding on capital projects that meet their priorities, e.g. improvements to buildings, equipment and other facilities.

The DfE expects the funding to be used for improvements, rather than major projects, and for schools to spend the money in the financial year 2018/2019. The normal terms of devolved formula capital will, however, apply – this provides some flexibility for schools to spend the funding over the following two financial years if necessary.


How does it work?


Eligible schools will receive a lump sum of £3,000 and a variable amount based on a per-pupil amount of £32.10, weighted based on the phase of pupil.

The DfE estimates that:

  • An average size primary school should receive £10,000.
  • An average size secondary school should receive £50,000.

The DfE has not confirmed when or how schools will receive this funding; however, we will keep you informed when these details have been published.

The ESFA has produced a tool that can be used by eligible schools to estimate their allocation from the additional £400 million capital funding, as announced in the 2018 budget. Final allocations confirming the list of eligible institutions and their funding will be published here.

You can estimate your allocation by using the DfE’s ‘Additional capital funding for 2018 to 2019 ready reckoner’ here. The first tab, ‘User Guide’, includes an explanation of how to use the tool and a breakdown of the funding rates for the additional capital allocation.

While these payments are for individual schools, depending on the school type, the payments may go through the school’s LA, diocese or MAT.


What’s next?


For more information on the Budget, read our Up-to-speed on: The Budget 2018, which includes a summary of the key information for schools. More information regarding the additional capital funding can be found here.

For a breakdown of the 2019/2020 allocations, read the DfE’s ‘Condition funding methodology for financial year 2019-2020’. An FAQ doc, entitled ‘Condition grants spend guidance’ can also be found on this page.

We have also produced an ‘Up-to-speed on: Additional capital funding for 2019/2020’, which includes a summary of the DfE’s methodology.

If schools believe their allocations are incorrect, they can contact the DfE using the online form.




DfE (2018) ‘Additional capital funding for 2018 to 2019 ready reckoner’

DfE (2018) ‘Additional capital funding for 2018 to 2019’

<https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/capital-allocations/capital-funding-for-2018-to-2019> [Accessed: 17 January 2019]


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