Information on Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

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From: Education and Skills Funding Agency

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an annual bidding round for eligible academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan VA schools to apply for capital funding. 

The priority for the fund is to address significant condition need, keeping education provider buildings safe and in good working order. 

This includes funding projects to address health and safety issues, building compliance and poor building condition.

CIF also supports a small proportion of expansion projects. These are for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan VA schools rated good or outstanding by Ofsted that can demonstrate a need to expand.

We have also published guidance on school capital funding which includes information on CIF.


CIF – When will the guidance be available? 

In general we do not give advance notice for the launch of the annual CIF round. Therefore, we are not able to give you an exact date for its launch or details of the timetable for application and assessment. 

Nevertheless, we are expecting the launch to take place in the autumn term, subject to Ministerial approval.


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