Condition Improvement Fund

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

Following the announcement of the CIF 2018 to 2019 outcome, we have now published the outcome of the appeals round.

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.

CIF Loan: Repayment Calculator 2017

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Published 16 October 2014
Last updated 27 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. CIF appeals round
  2. Amended to signpost tha launch of the CIF 2018 to 2019 appeals round.
  3. Updated to announce the 2018 to 2019 CIF outcome.
  4. Update on the CIF portal.
  5. update regarding the CIF Portal
  6. Amended to advise of problems with CIF portal and notice of extension to the deadline for applications
  7. Page updated to announce launch of the 2018 to 2019 CIF round together with revised guidance for applicants.
  8. Page updated following the announcement of the CIF 2017 to 2018 outcomes
  9. Amended to show that the Condition Improvement Fund applications deadline has been reached and no further applications for the 2017 to 2018 round will be accepted.
  10. Updated to include information for applicants for the 2017 to 2018 Condition Improvement Fund bidding round.
  11. Minor changes to reflect that the outcomes for 2016 to 2017 have been announced
  12. Updated with information for applicants 2016 to 2017.
  13. Updated with information about applying for CIF for 2016 to 2017.
  14. Updated with information on appeal outcomes
  15. Updated with information about the outcome of CIF 2015 to 2016.
  16. Updated to confirm that the application system is closed.
  17. Updated to change the application deadline date to 13 January.
  18. Updated with advice about submitted online applications.
  19. Updated with a link to the CIF online application and the CIF 2015 to 2016 online application user guide
  20. Updated with online application document
  21. Loan calculator added
  22. Webinar details added.
  23. Updated with detailed information for applicants.
  24. First published.