Government funding for Education: Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF)


The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund is available to sixth form colleges, and small or single academies. It is intended to enable eligible educational establishments to boost their pupils’ health and wellbeing through enhanced access to healthy eating programmes, after-school clubs, and extracurricular activities that improve physical and mental wellbeing.

HPCF is funded by the government via the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), as part of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). The government has announced that £100 million of funding will be made available for the 2018-19 financial year, using revenue derived from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy – also known as the ‘sugar tax.’

Here we look at the government’s intention in providing this type of capital funding, what the money can be used for, and the bidding process for eligible colleges and academies.

Which educational establishments are eligible for HPCF?

Local authorities and larger Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) that are ineligible for the Condition Improvement Fund may receive an allocation from the programme, the size of which depends on pupil numbers. This allocation will be distributed by the responsible body to schools in the local authority, or academies within an MAT.

Standalone academies, sixth form colleges, and small Multi Academy Trusts will need to bid for funding from the healthy pupils capital programme, through the Condition Improvement Fund. Smaller Multi Academy Trusts are those with less than five academies, or fewer than 3,000 pupils in total.

What is Healthy Pupils Capital Funding used for?

The aim of this government funding is to encourage participation in, and improve access to, a number of activities that have a beneficial effect on children’s and young people’s health. Improving physical and mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund.

  • Areas such as physical activity, healthy eating, mental health, and the aiding of medical conditions, will be targeted, with easier access provided to a wide range of extracurricular activities and
  • facilities, including
  • Sports halls and other sporting amenities
  • Playgrounds
  • Changing rooms
  • Dining facilities
  • Kitchens

Applying for HPCF via the Condition Improvement Fund

The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund is integrated into the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF), and bids are made in the same way. Funding will be made available in the 2018/19 financial year, with the closing date for HPCF applications being 12 noon on 14th December 2017.

Eligibility criteria are the same as for the Condition Improvement Fund, which incorporates projects focused on maintenance, condition, and expansion of buildings. Applications should be submitted to the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Eddisons can offer professional advice on all areas of government funding for education, and assist academies, colleges, and other educational establishments to secure funding that makes a huge difference to young people’s lives.

For more information on the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, and how to make an application, speak to our expert Building Project and Consultancy Team at Eddisons.


Written by: Ian Harrington on Thursday 12/04/2018