Raising the Bar funding

Raising the Bar enables our External Funding team to give advice and guidance to Suffolk schools to help them find external funding opportunities and make bids.

General education funding opportunities

We have produced an External Funding for Schools Factsheet (PDF, 259KB) which is a simple, useful guide to how schools can fund funding as well as hints and tips for application.

We also have put together a detailed list of external funding opportunities for schools (Excel, 498KB).

You can also find out about funding opportunities by following Funding Suffolk on Twitter

The main larger funding opportunities available to schools currently are likely to come from the following sources:

  • Education Endowment Foundation (EEF): you can apply to run your own projects (usually with a number of other schools as they are interested in projects that show promise being scaled up).  In addition, and what happens in many cases for schools, is that you can take part in trials run by organisations who have successfully bid for funding from the EEF already. They are often actively recruiting for schools to test promising programmes and interventions so a check of their Now Recruiting page every so often can be a worthwhile exercise. 
  • Department for Education: The Teaching & Leadership Innovation Fund and the Strategic School Improvement Fund are the main Department For Education funds currently, as with the Education Endowment Foundation, they are typically looking for projects that are working across a number of schools.
  • Ipswich Opportunity Area: for schools in Ipswich there are likely to be funding opportunities through the Ipswich Opportunity Area in the future. These opportunities are still to be confirmed at time of writing.

Contact us

Email gavin.talbot@suffolk.gov.uk if you have any questions you may have about applying for funding towards school projects.