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CIF stands for condition improvement fund (CIF). It is a government backed fund that is administered by the Education Funding agency (EFA) for academies and sixth form colleges with plans to improve their premises.
The need to improve school buildings can arise from health and safety concerns, managed maintenance and improvement plans, expansions or security matters.
If your education facility needs repair, renovation or expansion works, and you are a single academy, part of a small multi academy trust (MAT) or a sixth Form College, then you can submit a bid for CIF.
For other types of schools, further funding is available. Visit www.gov.uk for the latest information.
The highest priority works are those that address compliance and health and safety issues. These include, fire protection systems, gas safety, electrical safety or emergency asbestos removal. Second to that, projects that ensure weather tight building and continuous heating and water supply will be assessed.
Expansion projects are supported for academies and sixth form colleges that Ofsted has rated good or outstanding that need to expand their facilities and/or floor space to either increase admissions or address overcrowding.
Following an initial discussion regarding your plans for school building improvements or any concerns that you may have relating to the condition of school buildings, we can:
CIF projects must aim to improve a capital asset held in freehold or on a long lease for education provision for pupils between 2-19 years old. You cannot use CIF funding to purchase land.
The minimum project threshold is £20,000 for Primary and special schools, £50,000 for Secondary and sixth form colleges, with a maximum threshold of £4,000,000 for each.
There are 3 categories of CIF project: condition, condition with expansion, and expansion. Projects may be re-categorised by the DfE if they do not meet the qualification criteria for the selected category.
Project bids will be scored against 3 weighted assessment criteria:
A CIF application will be either fully funded or unsuccessful. It will not fund part of the proposed works within an application and retrospective projects will not be funded.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/condition-improvement-fund for all the information availble regarding the CIF process, including timings and bid submissions.
If your education facility is eligable for CIF funding and you would like to discuss the process or book an initial site survey, our building surveying team have experienced Surveyors that can help you. Simply fill out our contact form and a member of the team will be in touch.