Department for Education brings back the Primary Academy Chain Development Grant

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The Department for Education (DfE) has reintroduced the Primary Academy Chain Development Grant to encourage more primary schools to set up or join multi-academy trusts (MATs).  There are now three grants available:

  1. Groups of three primary schools intending to set up a MAT can apply for a one-off grant of £75,000, plus up to £5,000 extra for each additional primary joining the MAT at the same time. The MAT can also include a secondary school, but must consist of a majority of primaries.
  1. Groups of two or more primary schools joining an existing MAT at the same time can apply for a one-off grant of £20,000 per school.
  1. Small primary schools joining a MAT are also eligible for an additional grant of £5,000 per school (for schools with 100 pupils or fewer) or £2,000 (for schools with between 100 and 210 pupils).

More detail about eligibility and how to claim can be found in DfE’s document Primary academy chain development grant: grant offer and claim form.

For more information please contact [email protected] or 0191 211 7929.