This page provides educators with detail and information of where funding is available from throughout England.
Funding in England
Education in England is funded through a mixture of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), Local Authorities (LA) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The type of learning you wish to pursue or offer will influence where your funding comes from.
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA)
The SFA is responsible for the provision of all post-19 education, training and Apprenticeships in England, with the exception of Higher Education (HE). It is part of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The SFA funds and regulates adult Further Education (FE) and skills training in England to ensure that businesses and individuals can access skills training, controlling a budget of around £4 billion per year. It includes the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) which looks after Apprenticeships.
Through account managers, providers can access financial guidance for all their adult and apprenticeships skills business. Providers receive an individual funding envelope based on their track record, and have autonomy over allocating this budget to deliver local skills training that best meets the needs of business and community.
Local Authorities (LAs)
England's 150 LAs have responsibility for the commissioning and funding of all training and education directed at 16-19 year olds, including sixth forms, FE colleges and private and voluntary training providers. This is done in consultation with the Education Funding Agency (EFA), which provides strategic overview. The exception to this is Apprenticeships, which are funded by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) via the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
Education Funding Agency
The EFA brings together work previously carried out by the Young People's Learning Agency, Partnerships for Schools and the maintained schools funding division of the Department.
It is responsible for:
- Providing funding for the education of pupils in academies
- Distributing the Dedicated Schools Grant for the education of pupils up to age 16 in local authority maintained schools
- Providing funding for all 16-19 education and training
- Providing funding for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 16-25
- To support the delivery of capital programmes for schools, academies, Free Schools and sixth-form colleges.
Training and qualifications in Northern Ireland are funded directly by the Northern Ireland Executive via the Department for Employment and Leaning Northern Ireland (DELNI).
Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI)
The Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI) is responsible for further and higher education policy in Northern Ireland, and all associated funding. DELNI offers various types of funding support be it for the individual, employer or training organisation. There are criteria associated with the different funding therefore you may not be eligible, so to find out more information you can link directly to your relevant area of interest via DELNI's funding support page.
Education and training in Scotland is funded through a variety of sources offering different options to learners, employers and training providers. The type of learning you wish to pursue or offer will influence where your funding comes from.
Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC)
Responsible for distributing funding from the Scottish Government to colleges and universities, covering teaching and learning provision as well as the Partnership Action for Continued Employment (PACE) programme. It works closely with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to provide services to individuals and businesses that improve opportunities. Also helps to enhance the employability of learners through improving their skills and supports colleges to provide a range of qualifications that are relevant to the workplace.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
Helps employers build strong and competitive workforces through learning and development. Can provide employers with skills, training and funding advice that help productivity and competitiveness. It is responsible for funding training such as Modern Apprenticeships and can help employers source vocational training for their employees, in some cases being able to contribute to the cost of training.
Covers business support and training across Scotland, working in partnership with colleges, training providers and Local Authorities (LAs).
Economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands region, supporting business growth and training.
Funding for all education and training in Wales comes from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) via the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS).
The exception is Higher Education, which is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council.