The Department for Education has set out its capital allocations for 2017 / 2018 for Strategic Capital Maintenance, Devolved Formula Capital and for the Locally Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme (LCVAP). For Central Bedfordshire, they amounted to a total of £2,783,775.
For 2019 / 2020, the Basic Need grant which we use to fund the New School Places Programme, equals £10,198,320
Details of the specific funding streams are set out below.
The Basic Need allocation of £10,198,320 for 2019 / 2020 is a 1 year allocation and is as a result of our data forecast return to the Education Funding Agency in 2016. This is one of the sources of capital funding that we use for the provision of new school places.
Strategic maintenance (local authority maintained schools)
We use this to fund our annual rolling programme of strategic capital maintenance in all community, voluntary controlled, foundation and trust schools. The DfE separately also provides an allocation to the Local Authority Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme (LCVAP), which funds capital investment in voluntary aided schools.
In terms of the grant allocation for Strategic Capital Maintenance of £1,984,761, this reflects an ongoing reduction to reflect the anticipated numbers of pupils within the area who will be expected to be accommodated in academies.
Academies will continue to have access to separate, centrally-held funding through the EFA. View list of projects that are to be funded from the 2017 / 2018 allocation (PDF 71KB) .
For 2017 / 2018, based upon the highest priority maintenance needs of schools from previous and updated condition surveys, a strategic maintenance programme will be agreed and produced for community, voluntary controlled, foundation and trust schools. View the Strategic Capital Maintenance Programme for 2017 - 2018 (PDF 37.2KB) .
The separate allocation of capital funding for the VA sector through the Locally Controlled VA programme (LCVAP) is a grant allocation of £246,364. A panel of diocese and council representatives meet to consider and approve expenditure against this programme.
As in the past 5 years, there is the continuation of the shift away from support to individual schools to authority level allocations resulting in a similar level of schools DFC in 2017 / 2018 as in 2016 / 2017. As with the strategic maintenance funding, the allocation of £469,507 is for local authority maintained schools only, £83,143 is for voluntary aided schools, and academies will receive their funding direct from the EFA.
Healthy Pupils Capital Fund
We have been allocated £171,061 from the Department for Education from the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF). Our public health team has agreed to match fund this grant, meaning that the total amount available is now £342,122
The HPCF is provided from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. It is an allocation for 2018/19 only and is intended to enhance the physical and mental health of children and young people, by being put towards projects which improve access to facilities for improved physical activity, healthy eating and wellbeing and medical conditions.
The funding allocated to us from the Department for Education (DfE) is for community, voluntary controlled and foundation schools only, but the match-funding provided by public health will be available for all schools within Central Bedfordshire, including academies and voluntary aided schools.
Each bid will be judged on how well it meets one or more of the following priorities:
- improving facilities for physical activity
- improving healthy eating
- improving mental health and wellbeing
- improving medical conditions
More information HPCF is available in our Healthy Pupils Capital Fund Guidance (PDF 252.5KB) .
The online application form (link opens in new window) can be accessed here.
The deadline for bids is 31 January 2019.