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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.