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Funding and Finance Update

29th March 2019

Funding and Finance Update

A summary of the key funding rounds available to education clients with key dates highlighted where published

1.    CIF (Condition Improvement Fund)

The Condition Improvement Fund is an annual bidding round for eligible academies and sixth-form colleges to apply for capital funding. The priority for the fund 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.

The Condition Improvement Fund 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.

Key dates:

CIF 2019/20 round is closed with outcome announcement due imminently.

CIF 2020/21 Applications:

New Applicants must register to use the portal by End November 2019, 5 p.m.

Deadline to submit applications                           Mid December 2019, 12 noon

Notification of Outcomes                                     Spring 2020

 2.    SCA (School Condition Allocations)

School condition allocations (SCA) and devolved formula capital (DFC) allocations up to 2019, including the healthy pupils capital funding for 2018 to 2019.

SCA 2019/20 allocations due imminently.

3.    SSEF (Selective Schools Expansion Fund)

The Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) is available to selective schools that demonstrate how they will attract more disadvantaged pupils. The deadline for submitting applications is midday, 23 April 2019

 4.    Urgent Capital Support

Urgent Capital Support (UCS) is for academies and sixth-form colleges who do not have access to a SCA and require funding assistance to address urgent building condition issues that put at risk either the safety of pupils and staff, or threatens the closure of the whole, or a significant part of the school.

 5.    Basic Need

Basic need funding is the money given to local authorities each year to help them fulfil their duty to make sure there are enough school places for children in their local area.

The allocations announced in 2018 will allow local authorities to create the new school places they need by September 2021.

6.    LCVAP (Local Control Voluntary Aided Programme)

Voluntary-aided (VA) schools are maintained schools and often, but not always, have a religious character. These schools are eligible for capital funding by grant from the department.

VA schools are paid on a similar basis to other categories of school, but the governing body must usually pay at least 10% of the costs of capital work.

Responsibility for work to VA school premises is shared between the school’s governing body and the local authority (LA). The LA has responsibility for the playing fields and the governing body are liable for all other capital expenditure.

Key dates:

Current round (2019/20):           Closed

Announcement due:                   April/May 2019

Deadline for next round:             October 2019

7.    Salix/SEEF

Salix, in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE), works to reduce energy usage in individual academies, sixth form colleges, free schools and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) across England. Through the installation of energy efficient technologies, academies can lower energy bills and create a more comfortable learning environment.

The Salix Energy Efficiency Fund (SEEF) is available for all individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs).

Applications open:          Current round closed. New application due Sept 2019

Submission Deadline:      Current round closed. New application due Sept 2019

Notification:                    Applicants will be notified of the current round outcome in March 2019

Project Completion:         Projects need to complete by December 2019

We recommend academies and trusts start preparing for the next rounds of bidding as soon as possible. Please speak to Barker Associates if you wish to discuss your projects or opportunities for funding.