20th September 2016
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) allocates annual funding for academies and sixth form colleges known as the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). CIF supports projects that address compliance, health and safety issues and maintenance needs. Only projects that demonstrate a high project need and those that align with CIF priorities are likely to be successful.
CIF also supports a small proportion expansion projects for Ofsted-rated good or outstanding academies and sixth-form colleges that need to expand their existing facilities.
In our experience, every academy should be looking to submit two CIF Bids per year unless you are in a very modern and well-maintained building.
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 the academies.
CIF 2017/18 round of funding is due to open shortly and is likely to follow previous timetables:
24 September 2016 - Guidance and information for applicants issued
12 October 2016 – CIF Portal opens.
16 December 2016 – CIF Portal closes.
End March 2017 – CIF outcomes announced.
In order to prepare high quality bids, it is essential that academies start this process as soon as possible. Contact us to find out how Barker Associates can assist you prepare a strong bid with a FREE initial consultation.