Maintained Schools

Funded by the Department for Education, Salix launched a Schools Programme in 2012 providing 100% interest-free loans specifically for maintained schools in England. Throughout the Schools Programme we have worked closely with the Department for Education, the Education Funding Agency, Local Authorities and individual schools to ensure energy efficiency is being improved within schools in England.

DfE's guidance document on Schemes for Financing Schools outlines that the Secretary of State has given approval for schools to borrow from Salix as referenced in section 3.6 on page 22 of the guidance.

The Schools programme has an extended compliance criteria compared to other Salix programmes of an 8 year payback and £200/tCOlifetime for energy efficiency projects. This compliance criteria will enable many eligible schools to use Salix funding to install the best possible energy efficiency technologies in their estates. Please note, schools need to be able to repay the funding via direct debit and should ensure that they have permission from their Local Authority before they apply. 

Salix have developed a new How-To Guide for schools to help with your application and to answer some FAQs, to download the guide click here.

To download a full copy of the Schools programme application notes, please click here.

There is still funding available for energy efficiency projects in maintained schools, this includes VA and VC schools and applications are currently being accepted.

Salix have also developed some guidance on Sports Hall lighting and would encourage any schools considering upgrading their sports hall lighting to read this document.

If you are ready to apply, please click on the link on the right hand side to complete an application through our new online application system. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

Programme Manager
Lucinda Tyser 0203 102 6903
Programme Coordinator

Claire Gibbison

0203 102 6906
Client Support Officers  
Jennifer Roberts 0203 102 6903
Alex Morgan 0203 102 6903


The DfE provide guidance on procurement and buying for Schools and Academies. Schools and Academies must apply the basic rules of procurement whenever they spend public money. These rules look to make sure that public funds are spent openly and fairly, and make the most of every budget, while protecting against legal challenges, financial penalties and damage to a school or academy's reputation.

DfE Schools and Academies Procurement Resource

The below video is a short film which demonstrates some of the schools which have already benefited from Salix funding.

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