How to apply for CIF Funding for Schools and Academy

by | Oct 9, 2020

Don’t miss the deadline with your Conditions Improvement Fund (CIF) Funding Application for school roofing repairs or replacements.

It’s no secret that UK schools and academies are facing significant funding challenges. With education budgets being stretched further and further every year, provision for school building improvements often cannot be met. However, help is at hand. If your school or academy is crying out for renovation CIF funding could be your saviour.

What is CIF funding for schools?

CIF is capital funding  capital funding for schools, colleges and academies which enables the correction of poor building conditions and adheres with building regulations & H&S compliance.The fund is administered by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) which is part of the Department for Education (DfE). Taking the form of an annual bidding round, CIF is designed to address significant school condition needs. Last year approximately £500m was made available to fund over 1,400 capital projects.

Which Schools or Academies are Eligible for a CIF grant?

Single academy trusts, multi-academy trusts (with less than 5 academies) and sixth-form colleges can apply for the CIF grant each year. Highest priority is given to projects that are remedying serious health and safety issues, such as:

  • Leaking Roofs
  • Replacement cladding and windows
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sub-standard learning environments
  • Building compliance
  • Expansion projects
Only educational facilities that demonstrate a high project need and those that align with CIF priorities are likely to be successful.

How do I apply for CIF Funding

The government scheme offer annual bidding rounds to applicants with a percentage of those being successful. However, the CIF application process can be overwhelming. Lack of experience and increasing demand for funding means that many educational facilities are unwilling to enter the process. It’s worth remembering though, that most roofing works will fall within the CIF’s high priority level for maintaining the building condition of a teaching environment.

How we help with CIF funding for schools.

With many years experience supporting academy trusts throughout the country with their CIF bids and asset management plans we can help you prepare a comprehensive application for funding with full technical expertise. Our experience working in this field, ensures that you create a proposal that puts you in the best possible position, maximising your chances of success in your academy bid for CIF funding.

This years deadline for CIF is fast approaching. With bidding rounds starting in October and November 2020 through to the deadline in December, there is no time to loose when applying for CIF funding for schools.

Put your CIF bid in the safest of hands with Acclaim Contracts

If you have plans to improve your premises creating a safe, positive learning environment for pupils, teachers and staff, allow Acclaim Contracts to help. With our expertise and tailored solutions for schools and academies, we simplify the bidding process for you, assisting you every step of the way with your application to secure CIF Funding for schools.



CIF announced


CIF information for applicants published


Online application form opens


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Step 1
Complete our survey enquiry online.
Step 2
Our Surveyor will call you and book a free site survey.
Step 3
Receive the support you need for a successful CIF bid.
If your funding application is successful, we can manage your project from start to finish, including regular visits and inspections. And, with an agreed schedule of works to be carried out we can ensure the process runs smoothly with minimal disruption to your school.

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