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27Feb

New £9m Fund for College Collaboration

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The Department for Education (DfE) has today (27 February) launched a new £9 million 12-month national grant programme for all statutory further education (FE) colleges in England.

The College Collaboration Fund (CCF) enables colleges to collaborate and share good practice and expertise to address common quality improvement priorities.

CCF aims to:

  • Develop greater collaboration between FE colleges, usually, but not exclusively, in the same geographic place

  • Stimulate quality improvement through developing sector-led approaches peer-to-peer support and sharing good practice

  • Ensure sustainable FE provision through adopting process which supports high performance

  • Produce products and approaches to quality improvement that can be adopted by other FE providers

  • Stimulate the market and provider base to support ongoing quality improvement

  • Develop a stronger FE offer through improving the quality of FE provision and learner outcomes, including progression to level 3 qualifications

  • Better meet local and national skills priorities and improve labour market outcomes for learners.

The Fund will run for the financial year 2020 to 2021 and there will be two application rounds.

Statutory FE colleges in England can apply. These are:

  • General FE colleges

  • Sixth form colleges (except those in the process of converting to an academy in the 2020 to 2021 financial year)

  • Designated institutions.

Each application will need a lead college and either a minimum of one other college or a maximum of four other colleges.

To lead a bid, colleges must have either Ofsted grade 1 (outstanding) or grade 2 (good) for overall effectiveness.

A total fund of £9.075 million is available over the two rounds. A minimum of 30% of the total fund will be reserved to support applications in round two.

Applications are invited for grants of a value up to £500,000 with an expected minimum value of £80,000.

Application forms should be submitted by the deadline of 8 April 2020.

The second round of funding is due to open on 15 June 2020.

How To Apply

Applicants should contact other colleges to find partners and agree who will be the lead college and who will be the partner college or colleges.

Application forms should be submitted to: [email protected] using the subject line ‘CCF Application’ by the deadline of 8 April 2020 (12pm).

DfE will notify applicants of the outcome of their application from 1 May 2020.

If applicants are unsuccessful, they can ask for feedback and can apply for the second round of CCF funding. The second round is due to open on 15 June 2020.

Payment Procedure

For the first round successful colleges will receive payment of their grant by the 18 June 2020.


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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. CCF Enquiries
    Department for Education (DfE)
    Email: [email protected]

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