Funding & Grants For School Projects

Tight budgets can mean that exploring external funding opportunities is a must for many schools, colleges and other education establishments. We have extensive experience in advising our clients on making the best case for funding for school projects. Schools can, for example, pitch to the Condition Improvement Fund from the UK government or one of the charities listed below depending on what kind of build is required.

Many of the builds we have facilitated in the education sector have acquired grants for school improvement projects. Combined with our ability to design, manufacture and install at a fraction of traditional build prices, your essential expansion could be provided at a significantly reduced cost to your establishment.

Making the case for capital support


  • Pressure on dining space is an issue that can strengthen your bid. Being able to compare the number of pupils on the school roll to the seating capacity in your dining room, and illustrating the difficulties the school has in wet weather when pupils are forced to eat lunch in classrooms or corridors, can help make a powerful argument for support.
  • To further strengthen the case, requesting funds for an outdoor school canopy or ZONE glazed building can demonstrate best value due to their lower cost compared to traditional construction.
  • Opening up facilities to the wider community can also strengthen your bid for funding. For example, a Streetspace covered sports canopy and outdoor pitch would be a tremendous asset for any school, and agreeing to make it available for wider community use on selected evenings, weekends or school holidays, if practical, can increase your chances of funding success.

To find out more send us an enquiry or call 01227 200404 and one of our fantastic advisors will be able to assist you with your needs.

Available grants for school building projects

The Condition Improvement Fund

Supports a small proportion of expansion projects for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan VA schools rated good or outstanding by Ofsted that can demonstrate a need to expand.

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Urgent Capital Support

For academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan VA schools that need to address urgent building condition issues that either put the safety at risk, or threaten closure or part closure of the school.

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Community Asset Fund

This can support a covered sports facility build where it is shared with the local community. The aim of helping people become more active with an expanded sports provision opens up access to this fund.

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Small Grants

Utilises lottery funding to support not-for-profit organisations, in benefiting people who participate and continue to play sport.

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The Wolfson Foundation

Supports secondary schools and sixth form colleges needing new builds and aiming to achieve better teaching spaces, higher pupil subject uptake and improved learning. Suited to our ZONE glazed buildings.

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The Foyle School Library Scheme

Accepts applications from state funded schools in the United Kingdom and provides grants of up to £10,000.

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BlueSpark Foundation

Provides grants of up to £5,000 to improve sporting and learning opportunities of children.

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Wooden Spoon

Provides grants under a number of themes including outdoor activities and education.

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The Ernest Cook Trust

Provides grants to schools wishing to encourage young people’s interest in outdoor learning.

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National Lottery Awards for All

Provides grants of up to £10,000 for organisations and schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Trusted by hundreds of organisations to keep them up to date with the latest available grants.

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Lawn Tennis Association

A new capital grants programme to help transform tennis facilities in local communities. Schools, colleges and universities can apply.

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SUEZ Communities Trust

Grants are available to improve physical spaces and buildings in areas close to a qualifying SUEZ recycling and recovery waste processing site in England. There are 80 qualifying funding zones.

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Sport Scotland - Sport Facilities Fund

Aimed at supporting community facilities, whether this is building new facilities or upgrading existing ones. Projects must be for the public good and provide community benefit.

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Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund & Small Grants Scheme

Supports the development of new and refurbished football facilities, increasing participation and making the playing experience more enjoyable.

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Gatwick Airport Community Trust

Grants for projects in East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

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John Lyons Charity

Aims to benefit companies in north west London, by supporting young people and children.

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London Marathon Charitable Trust

Providing funding for capital projects implemented by organisations and communities which aim to increase participation in sports.

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Ford Britain Trust

Aims to change communities for the better, through education and advancement of its local neighbours.

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R.W.Mann Trust

A private family fund which aims to improve the lives of local people and communities.

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