Information for academies and sixth-form colleges about the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
CIF is an annual bidding round for eligible academies and sixth-form colleges to apply for capital funding. The 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.
Apply for CIF 2019 to 2020
The application window for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2019 to 2020 will open shortly. Theprovides information for eligible academies and sixth-form colleges.
Who can apply
Single academy trusts, small multi-academy trusts (MATs) and sixth-form colleges can apply for CIF. To be eligible to apply for the 2019 to 2020 round, you must have been:
- an open academy or sixth-form college as at 1 September 2018
- a school with a signed academy order as at 1 September 2018 (if successful, you must have converted to academy status and had a funding agreement in place by 1 April 2019 to receive funding)
MATs with at least 5 academies and more than 3,000 pupils do not need to apply for CIF. They will receive a formulaic allocation to deploy across their estate for 2019 to 2020.
CIF applications for 2018 to 2019
Urgent Capital Support (UCS): How to apply
Urgent Capital Support (UCS) is for academies and sixth-form colleges who do not have access to a SCA and require funding assistance to address urgent building condition issues that put at risk either the safety of pupils and staff, or threatens the closure of the whole, or a significant part of the school.
Applications can only be considered from institutions outside of the main round where there is a genuine and immediate need for urgent support that cannot wait until the next round.
Where an UCS application meets the criteria for support, and we identify that the responsible body has insufficient reserves to manage the issue directly, the department may provide a loan or grant to support remedial work. Further details can be found in the guidance.
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