What is CIF funding for schools?

CIF also known as a capital improvement funding is a funding which enables the correction of poor building conditions to be corrected to align with building regulations and Health and Safety compliance for schools, colleges and academies. Administered by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) the funding takes the form of an annual bidding round, CIF is designed to address significant school condition needs. Last year approximately £500m was made available to fund over 1,400 capital projects.

Which Schools or Academies are Acceptable for a CIF grant?

A range of schools and academies can apply for the grant such as single academy trusts, multi-academy trusts (with less than 5 academies) and sixth-form colleges. Those with the highest priority is given to projects that are causing serious health and safety issues, such as:

  • Leaking Roofs
  • Replacement cladding and windows
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sub-standard learning environments
  • Building compliance
  • Expansion projects

Only educational facilities that demonstrate a high project need and those that align with CIF priorities are likely to be successful.

How do I apply for CIF Funding?

Dates to Remember:

  • The annual bidding process opens – October each year.
  • Deadline for new applicants to register – end of November.
  • Deadline for applications – early December
  • Notified of outcome – Spring

We recommend talking to a us well in advance of submitting a bid and the exact bid process dates for each year can be found online here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/condition-improvement-fund

How we help with CIF funding for schools.

 Here at OptiTec, we can help you through the CIF bid, with many years of experience we are able to support academy trusts throughout the country with their CIF bids and asset management plans, we can help you prepare a comprehensive application for funding with full technical expertise. We have the perfect experience for working in this field, ensures that you create a proposal that puts you in the best possible position, maximizing your chances of success in your academy bid for CIF funding. Please get in touch with us, to find out how we can help you.