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Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2024-25 Round is now open

The CIF 2024 – 25 bidding application window is now open. Barker is one of the country’s leading education property consultants and secured over £32 million in funding in the last round.

As strategic partners to Confederation of School Trusts (CST) Institute of School Business Leaders (ISBL) Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and The Trust Network (TTN) Barker provide you with the highest level of service and best chance of success with your bids.

Academies and Sixth Form Colleges across England can bid for a share of more than £400 million to transform facilities, improve school buildings and create more good school places.

The annual fund can be used by Academies and Sixth Form Colleges to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities such as sports halls or science labs, and address issues with the general wear and tear of school buildings.

CIF supports projects that address condition, compliance, health and safety issues and maintenance needs of academy and sixth-form buildings. These include fire protection systems, gas safety, electrical safety or emergency asbestos removal and projects to ensure weather tight buildings and continuous heating and water supply.

CIFalso supports a small proportion of expansion projects, that address increase in the number of admissions in the main year of entry or address overcrowding including cases of recently approved age-range expansion and sixth-form expansion. 

Further details, eligibility and checklist are available HERE

Key Dates for CIF 2024-25:

Milestones Dates
Launch of CIF 2024-25: Information for applicants published and online application window opens. 19 October 2023
Deadline for new applicants to register for an account. 7 December 2023, 12 noon
Deadline for applicants to submit applications with all supporting documents. 14 December 2023, 12 noon
Applicants notified of outcome. May 2024 (subject to change)


CIF funding is highly over-subscribed, only projects that demonstrate a high project need and those that align with CIF priorities are likely to be successful. You can read our tips of writing successful CIF bids HERE .

In order to prepare high quality bids, it is essential that academies start this process as soon as possible. Contact us NOW to find out how Barker can assist you to prepare a strong bid.

Barker is one of the country’s leading Education specialist consultancies. We have a track record of preparing CIF bids and delivering successful projects that have made a real difference to the academies.


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