Information for academies and sixth-form colleges about the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
The Condition Improvement Fund is an annual bidding round for eligible academies and sixth-form colleges to apply for capital funding. The priority for the fund 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.
The Condition Improvement Fund 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 2019 to 2020
Apply using the Condition Improvement Fund data collection portal.
You should refer to thewhen preparing your application. It provides details of projects that are appropriate for funding and the assessment criteria for 2019 to 2020.
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 the Condition Improvement Fund. 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 the Condition Improvement Fund. They will receive a formulaic allocation to deploy across their estate for 2019 to 2020.
|New applicants must register to use the portal||Friday 30 November 2018, 5pm|
|Deadline to submit applications||Thursday 13 December 2018, 12 noon|
|Notification of outcomes||Spring 2019|
Academies and sixth-form colleges can take out a loan for all or part of the project costs in their application to demonstrate their commitment to the scheme.
Please use theto determine the annual and total repayments that will be incurred.
Loans are offered at Public Works Loan Board rates of interest, the same rate that local authorities can access to invest in their schools. You will make loan repayments through abatement of revenue funding paid to you and reinvested into future capital budgets.
Funding 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.
Applications are subject to a financial assessment, using the core financial returns shared with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). For all academy applications, financial health is considered at academy trust level and not against the individual school.
Please note that most successful applications will be funded through loan arrangements. In addition, trusts in a healthy financial position are expected to fund urgent projects independently, and are likely to have their applications declined. Further details can be found in the guidance.
If you need further advice after the publication of the full guidance, please contact us using the ESFA enquiry form.