What is the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)?

The Condition Improvement Fund (commonly referred to as CIF), is an annual Government Scheme for Academies & Sixth Form Colleges who can apply for funding. This funding is designed to support condition projects and to keep school and college buildings safe and in good working order.

Most CIF funding aims to address building issues, with significant consequences such as poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency or health and safety. The highest priority is for projects that address compliance and health and safety issues followed by those that ensure weather tight buildings and continuous heating and water supply.

CIF also supports a small proportion of expansion projects where Ofsted has rated the school either good or outstanding and which need to expand their existing facilities and/or floor space.

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CARLISLE can assist you with all stages of the funding process including help preparing, completing and submitting applications to the Education Funding Agency (EFA). We offer a no obligation roof survey to determine the condition of your flat roof and identify whether or not immediate work is required.

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Who can Apply?

  • Single Academy Trusts
  • Multi-Academy Trusts
  • Sixth Form Colleges
  • Non-diocesan Voluntary Aided Schools

What is the Timeline?

  • September 2020 – CIF awards announced
  • October 2020 – DfE announces guidelines / online application opens
  • December 2020 – Deadline for applications
  • April 2021 – Successful applicants notified

SCA (School Condition Allocations)

Schools and those responsible for school buildings receive condition funding through different routes depending on their size and type. School Condition Allocations are for local authorities, larger Multi-Academy Trusts and larger Voluntary Aided school bodies to invest in priorities across the schools for which they are responsible. CARLISLE has worked closely with many local authorities and bodies to collate information to help prioritise the work and support their recommendations for school roof improvements.

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