Information for academies and sixth-form colleges about the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
CIF is an annual bidding round to which some academies and sixth-form colleges can apply for capital funding. The core priority for CIF is to address significant condition need, keeping academy and sixth-form college 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 Ofsted-rated good or outstanding academies and sixth-form colleges that need to expand their existing facilities and/or floor space.
CIF applications for 2018 to 2019
The 2018 to 2019 application window closed on 20 December 2017. The detailed guide and checklist below contain the information provided to help eligible schools and sixth-form colleges apply to the CIF 2018 to 2019 bidding round for capital funding.
Who could apply to CIF
Single academy trusts, small multi-academy trusts (MATs) and sixth-form colleges could apply for CIF. To be eligible to apply for the 2018 to 2019 round, you must have:
- been an open academy or sixth-form college as at 1 September 2017
- been a school with a signed academy order as at 1 September 2017 (if successful, you must have converted to academy status and had a funding agreement in place by 1 April 2018 to receive funding)
MATs with at least 5 academies and more than 3,000 pupils do not need to apply for CIF. They receive a formulaic allocation to deploy across their estate for 2018 to 2019.
Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF)
£100m of revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be used for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF). This fund is intended to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions, such as kitchens, dining facilities, changing rooms, playgrounds and sports facilities.
The HPCF operated for one CIF bidding round only, 2018 to 2019. Responsible bodies that were eligible to bid to CIF were also eligible to bid for HPCF via the CIF process. The same criteria applied to bids for HPCF as to all other CIF bids.
Responsible bodies that receive School Condition Allocations (and are therefore not eligible for CIF) receive a direct allocation from the HPCF. This direct allocation is in addition to their normal SCA.
Academies and sixth-form colleges can take out a loan for all or part of the project costs in their CIF proposal to demonstrate their commitment to the scheme.
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