With the opening of the 2020/21 Condition Improvement Funding round anticipated to be announced any day, now is an ideal time to contact our dedicated team to discuss your academy’s potential CIF bid(s).
The Condition Improvement Fund provides vital capital funding for academies and sixth form colleges. The priority of CIF funding 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. CIF funding also supports expansion projects for the provision of new buildings to either replace dilapidated school building or address overcrowding.
The deadline for submission of the bids is usually in December, however, the more time which is available to carry out building surveys, seek quotations, tender the works, secure planning approvals and prepare the bid documentation to the level of detail required to secure funding the greater the chance of a successful bid.
Cowan & Co have been securing funding for academy schools ever since the ESFA introduced the first capital funding round in 2011. In our experience to ensure a CIF bid has the greatest chance of a successful outcome early project planning is crucial. Members of our team can advise on all aspects of the CIF application process including the suitability of potential projects and whether they meet with the ESFA’s funding criteria. Our team will then prepare a thorough and comprehensive bid that encompasses the improvement priorities of your buildings.
If you are interested in how this vital funding can benefit your academy then please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help.