Condition Improvement Fund: 2016 to 2017 outcome

Information for schools and sixth-form colleges about the outcome of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2016 to 2017.



Successful applications for 2016 to 2017

We announced the outcome of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) for 2016 to 2017 in March 2016.

We had invited applications to the CIF from academies and sixth-form colleges in the autumn, with bids due in before Christmas. Just over 3,500 applications were received this year. As agreed with ministers, the highest condition CIF priorities were compliance and health and safety, followed by projects which address the most significant building condition.

There was funding of over £435 million for 1,276 projects across 1,030 academies and sixth-form colleges, helping to ensure that children across the country have access to world class schools. We have sent details of outcomes to all applicants.

Next steps for successful projects

You can access information about the terms and conditions of funding, funding profiles, and detailed post approval guidance on the CIF portal.

It is important that successful projects:

  • accept the terms and conditions of funding (accessed from the Current Projects page) in order to receive your first payment
  • check the payment profile meets your project needs
  • check that your contact information is up-to date

Next steps for unsuccessful projects

The significant number of applications we received means that, unfortunately, we have not been able to fund all the projects. We will look for opportunities to fund further high scoring applications from this year’s bidding round should extra funding become available.

We have prioritised those which provided evidence of the greatest need. If your project or projects do not appear on the published list then we regret to inform you that we are unable to prioritise them for funding at this stage.

We realise this will be disappointing news and you will want to review your project scores and feedback to inform any future applications you may make. This information is now available on the CIF portal.


We have now published the outcomes of appeals for the 2016 to 2017 CIF round . We could only consider information that formed part of the original application. This decision is final, there is no further stage in the appeal process and EFA will not consider any requests to review the outcome of appeals.

We will announce details of the next round of CIF in the autumn.


If you need further advice, please contact us using:

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