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Looking to enhance your educational establishment?

If you are looking to improve, enhance or even bring up to standard elements of the fabric of your educational establishment, then the government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an excellent place to start.

Take a close look at the possibilities for CIF

It entails putting together a bid for capital funding, and is open to eligible academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan VA schools. The fund gives priority for establishments addressing what can be viewed as significant condition needs, keeping educational buildings safe and effective, including works addressing building condition, health and safety issues and the latest building compliance regulations. In certain cases, CIF can also be applied for expansion projects, restricted to establishments rated either Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

CIF Funding Priorities

(An understanding might be required to avoid an unsuccessful application).

CIF’s core priority is to support condition projects, keeping schools and college buildings safe and in good working order. Most successful applications focus on building issues with significant potential consequences that Devolved Formula Capital (DFC) funding cannot meet.

Are we eligible to apply?

The following are currently eligible:-

  • Single academy trusts
  • Small multi-academy trusts (MATs)
  • Sixth-form colleges
  • Non-diocesan VA schools

What can we apply for?

This is an online application which must be completed by appropriate staff and not external advisers. More than one CIF application may be submitted but must be separate applications, and some projects may be funded based on need or emergency. Applications are restricted to building fabric and not ICT equipment or technology.

Where to go to find out more

The following link gives details of the type of projects deemed appropriate for funding, and also includes the overall assessment criteria for 2020 – 2021.

Condition Improvement Fund 2020 to 2021: information for applicants (PDF, 801KB, 53 pages)

Applicants should read carefully the ‘Applying to CIF’ section of this document for more information.