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Applying for funding

Applying for funding

High School

Find out what business case you will need to submit and how it should be submitted to secure capital funding for your 21st Century Schools project.

All local authorities, Further Education and Higher Education institutions seeking funding as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme, are required to submit Business Cases for any capital investment proposals.  Funding for the programme is on a 50:50 funding basis between the local authority and Welsh Government.  Business cases that are received provide Welsh Government with:

  • evidence to support decision making within each project
  • assurance both for Welsh Government (WG) and all education stakeholders for delivery of these capital investment projects.

Business cases

Business Case submissions for the 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme are required to use the HM Treasury Green Book.  For templates and guidance on this, please go to our business case and publicity guidance. The first stage of this submission process is at programme level.  Here the Strategic Outline Programme (SOP) should set out the programme parameters, funding streams, key projects and delivery aspirations.

For more information about this process please visit the ‘Strategic Outline Programme’ section.

Following identification of the key projects in the SOP, a business case is required for each individual project. The type of business case submission is dependent on the total project cost.

Business cases above £5 million total project cost

Those business cases that are above the £5 million total project cost, need to follow the full business case process.  This consists of three stages which are:

  • Strategic Outline Case (SOC)
  • Outline Business Case (OBC)
  • Full Business Case (FBC).

For guidance on this process visit the ‘Full business case’ page in this section.

Business cases below £5 million total project cost

Any projects that are below the £5m total project cost will not need to follow the full business case process. However a Business Justification Case (BJC) will be required.

For guidance on this process visit the ‘Business Justification Case’ page in this section.

Current status of the business case process for this programme

Schools programme

Local authorities have submitted their individual strategic outline programmes (SOP), which detailed the individual schools and education projects. These were submitted in 2010.

These submissions were reviewed with the first wave Band A) announced (external link).  Local authorities are now proceeding to submit their business cases for the projects outlined in their programmes. This is an ongoing process.

The proposed programme start is 2014-2015. However, some local authorities identified early start projects prior to this date and have therefore been successful in securing investment in 2013-2014 (external link).

Post-16 programme (Further Education and Higher Education  Sector)

The long term aim is to develop an overarching capital investment programme for all education sectors including both Further and Higher Education Sectors that will aim to deliver delivery of priority improvement projects.