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ESFA Announces Condition Improvement Fund 2019/20 Round Open

19th October 2018

ESFA Announces Condition Improvement Fund 2019/20 Round Open

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has announced the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2019/20 round. CIF is the annual funding Academies and Sixth-Form Colleges can apply to. The core priority for CIF remains the condition of school buildings to ensure they are safe and fit for purpose. The online application window is now open. 

CIF 2019/20 Milestones are:

Launch of CIF 2019 to 2020: Information for Applicants published and online application window opens 19 October 2018
Deadline for new applicants to register 5 pm 30 November 2018
CIF portal helpline opens 9 am 29 November 2018
Deadline for all applicants to submit applications 12 noon 13 December 2018
Deadline for submitting significant change request (if required) 12 noon 13 December 2018
Notify applicants of outcomes Spring 2019

CIF supports projects that address condition, compliance, health and safety issues and maintenance needs of Academy and Sixth-Form buildings. CIF also supports a small proportion of expansion projects. 

Key changes this year are:

  • A change in the weighting, with Project Need weighting reduced to 60% and Value for Money attracting an increased 25% weighting
  • There is no additional funding through Healthy Pupils Capital Fund in CIF 2019/20
  • There is a new requirement to reference the ESFA's Output Specification (OS). The OS sets out the quality standards and performance requiremenrs for school buildings and grounds. 

Further information for applicants is available here

Due to the fact that CIF is highly over-subscribed only projects that demonstrate high project need and those that align with CIF priorities are likely to be successful. 

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 Associates can assist you to prepare a strong bid. 

Barker Associates 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 Academies.