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7 April 2020

DfE makes additional funding available to schools to cover exceptional COVID-19 costs

Sub-theme: Education

Introduced by

Department for Education

Targeted at



Published on 7 April 2020. Support until end of 2019–2020 summer term. Guidance is updated on 24 June 2020

Stated aims

To cover costs related to COVID-19


This Department for Education guidance sets out the financial support put in place for schools up to the end of the 2019–2020 summer term. Funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision, and is available to cover costs relating to specific items (eg increased premises-related costs; support for free school meals for eligible children who are not attending school, where those costs are not covered by the national voucher scheme; additional cleaning).


Gov.uk guidance