Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

Condition Improvement Fund (commonly referred to as CIF), is a Government Scheme for Academies & Sixth Form Colleges who can apply for funding. This funding is designed to help upgrade and maintain their building fabric, mechanical & electrical systems to ensure they are in good condition to provide students and teaching staff with a suitable and safe working environment.

In addition, Academies and Sixth-Form Colleges rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, the Condition Improvement Fund also supports a small proportion of expansion projects to those who can demonstrate a need to expand.

Does your Academy or Sixth Form College require refurbishment?

Roger Hannah can assist you through the entire process to ensure your school is best positioned for CIF consideration, which could include:

Fabric Projects

  • Roof refurbishments/replacements
  • Security & safeguarding
  • Window & curtain wall replacements
  • Extensions to existing accommodation
  • Sport facilities upgrades

Mechanical & Electrical Projects

  • Gas & electrical safety works and upgrades
  • Heating alterations and upgrades
  • Ventilation/air quality and thermal comfort
  • Fire safety
  • Lift safety

General Timescales from Application to Notification:

Each year the exact dates for CIF applications vary, but please see below the general timescales from year to year:

  1. Launch of the forthcoming years CIF updated information and online application window – Mid-October
  2. Deadline for new applicants to register end of November
  3. Deadline for all applicants to submit applications Mid-December
  4. Notification of applicant’s outcomes Spring the following year


Department for Education has already published the Condition Improvement Fund 2019 to 2020 outcome and confirm funding of £433 million for 1,412 projects at 1,209 academies and sixth-form colleges.

Why involve us, what is the process?

Roger Hannah has extensive expertise in the Education sector offering support to Academies who are bidding for CIF funding. We deliver a wide range of services targeting any part of the bidding process right through to the completion of the project.

Submit the full bid on behalf of the Academy
Support the Academies’ Business Manager in writing a bid
Design the project; including production of drawings & specifications to suite each indicial bid/project
Go to market for competitive quotations to support all CIF bids
Provide Cost Management Services
Provide H&S/Principal Designer Services

Successful CIF Academy Application - Case Study

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If you require further information as to how your Academy or Sixth form College can apply for funding to help upgrade and maintain your building, contact our dedicated CIF team today.


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