The updated external funding matrix is now available to schools digitally.
New Round of Education Endowment Fund Launched
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) fund has been provided an extra £10 million by the Department for Education (DfE) for a
specific grants round to fund academic catch-up projects for disadvantaged pupils during the transition from primary to secondary school.
Funds will be awarded through a competitive process targeted at pupils who attract the pupil premium (that is, pupils who have been
eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years or who have been looked after in public care continuously for
at least six months) who are below Level 4 in English at the end of Key Stage 2.
The primary focus will be on children struggling with literacy, though the EEF will also consider some projects which focus on mathematics.
This additional funding comes as part of the Government's aim to narrow the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.
Eligible applicants include:
- Educational institutions (primary schools, secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges and universities);
- Not-for-profit organisations;
- Community and voluntary groups;
- Social enterprises;
- Local Authorities;
- National agencies;
- Registered charities.
The smallest grant is likely to be around £50,000 per year. Projects that benefit students in fewer than five schools are unlikely to be funded.
Applications may be submitted until the deadline of 25 September 2012.
Introduction to External Funding
External funding is seen as discretionary money not accounted for within the funding received from The Council through budget share or
standards fund, distributed by various UK and EU agencies on a business case and/or competitive basis requiring an application.
Each funder applies its own rules about eligibility and its own requirements on applicants.
It is advisable therefore to check these before completing application forms in order to avoid wasting effort.
Funders change their rules fairly frequently, so it is important to ensure that the rules are still current.
Clarity about the project is essential.
As a general rule, funders are interested in activities rather than tangible objects.
While external funding may be used to purchase such things as mini-buses and sport equipment, it is important to keep in mind the
activities that these will make possible and which could not have taken place otherwise.
Funders invariably want to fund additional projects.
Retrospective funding is almost impossible to achieve, as it is the funding of activity that might be deemed to be 'normal' for the
The matrix available to download below contains the main areas of activity for which schools may seek
Almost all of the funders have their own websites and these addresses are available as links in the matrix.
Please click on the title area of the document to open it.
External Funding Team
Sarah Stamp/Ros Aitchison, External Funding Officers (Jobshare)
Tel: (01482) 391682
Stephanie Wilcock, External Funding Technical Officer,
Tel: (01482) 391681
Roy Wolstencroft, Accountancy Assistant/Standards Fund
Tel: (01482) 394216
School Governors' Finance
Simon Clark, Senior Governor Support Officer
Tel: (01482) 392446