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Education funding is constantly evolving with new initiatives and funding opportunities being introduced to the sector. Those responsible for managing education estates are requiring ever more creative and professional strategies for income generation.

Our education funding experts help schools, academies, colleges and universities to secure funding from any available streams and manage property portfolios to create the best environments for learning.

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: Latest announcement April 2019.
CIF 2019/20 appeals announcement - August 2019.

CIF 2020/21 Applications:

New Applicants must register by - 29th November 2019, 5pm
Deadline to submit applications - 13th December 2019, noon
Notification of Outcomes - Spring 2020

Contact us today to discuss your bid.

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The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have announced the results of the Appeals process for the 2019/20 Condition Improvement Fund (CIF). Only 30 Appeals were approved nationally. 

Barker Associates advised a number of Academies on their Appeals and are pleased to have secured a further £400,000 for their clients through this process.  

Please click 'More Information' for advice on Appeals and the best way forward for your future CIF bid submissions. 

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Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) with five or more academies and at least 3000 pupils receive a formulaic School Condition Allocation for their academies.

Barker Associates has industry-leading expertise and a unique approach for helping trusts allocate and manage this funding in the most effective way.

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Providers of T-Level courses are eligible for T-Level Capital Funding (TLCF) to help provide world class facilities for the delivery of T-Levels from 2020/21. There are two main elements of the fund:

  • Specialist equipment allocation (SEA)
  • Buildings and facilities improvement grant (BFIG)

At Barker Associates we have a knowledgeable team of professional advisors offering extensive T-Level bid writing support. As with other educational funding, we work on a “no win no fee” basis and can help identify the best opportunities to secure capital funding grants in regards to BFIG and SEA.

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The Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) is available to selective schools that demonstrate how they will attract more disadvantaged pupils.

The first round of the Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) provided funding of £49.3 million for 16 expansion projects. This will create over 2,700 more grammar school places.

Barker Associates’ Education Team have an unrivalled knowledge and experience in compiling and submitting bids for the expansion of selective schools.

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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.

UCS applications can be made outside the main Condition Improvement Funding round where there is genuine need for support that cannot wait till the next main CIF funding round.

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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.

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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 for Education.

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.

Barker Associates has an outstanding track record of successful LCVAP applications with millions of pounds secured for our clients.

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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 an annual funding round available for all individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs).

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Everyone wants to see action on climate change and improvements to the life chances of young people. The education sector is in a unique position to benefit from the energy savings and income-generating opportunities afforded by LED lighting and PV installations to achieve these twin objectives.

Barker Associates works in Partnership with Less is More Capital to offer a unique funding solution to enable academies to implement energy efficiency projects with NO CAPITAL OUTLAY.

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It can be difficult to keep up with the cycles for different funding streams. Below is a summary of the key dates for the main capital funding opportunities.

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Barker Associates has a team of specialist bid-writers with an unrivalled experience in planning, developing and compiling successful bids for capital funding in the education sector.

We have secured over £100 million for our education clients through our meticulous and engaging approach to bid-writing.

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There are a number of specialist sports funding bodies dedicated to helping schools and academies deliver projects related to sports facilities and healthy living.

The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) was launched to distribute funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to schools to deliver projects promoting sports and healthy living.

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Barker Associates will help you identify the grants that are suitable for your projects and put together a comprehensive and compelling bid to give you the best chance of success.

Much of our bid-writing is done on a no-win-no-fee basis giving our clients access to professional expertise with no risk.

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Education Funding Team

Key Contact

Stuart White
Managing Partner

swhite@barker-associates.co.uk
01279 648058


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