2019-20 CIF bid applications
This year Surveyors to Education (S2e) won over £27m of Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) for our multi-academy trust (MAT) and academy clients, making us the UKs most successful independent CIF funding consultancy.
If you are planning a CIF bid to replace or improve your roofs, classrooms, boilers or other buildings and facilities, and want the best chance of success - we would love to help!
Who is eligible?
If you work in a single academy or a small MAT, with fewer than five academies and 3,000 students, you are eligible for the 2019-20 CIF fund. If larger than that you will be in receipt of formulaic funding, such as the School Condition Allocation (SCA).
CIF deadline dates
If previous years are a guide, the closing date for the next round of funding applications, via the CIF portal, is likely to be in mid-December 2018. Full guidance is expected in mid-October 2018.
If you are applying to the CIF for the first time, you will also have to register on the portal by a date yet to be announced by the DfE, but probably in late November.
Why is a condition survey important for my CIF application?
Last year the CIF fund was four times over-subscribed. Therefore, only those applications demonstrating a strong need which closely aligns with CIF priorities are likely to be successful.
Therefore, applications must be backed up by compelling evidence, including a condition survey prepared by professional Chartered Building Surveyors who are familiar with those priorities.
What is a condition survey?
A condition survey is a complete picture of your MAT or academy’s material state, identifying what needs improving and prioritising deficiencies and maintenance issues.
A condition survey is carried out by qualified surveyors and provides professional information about the condition of your premises, including:
A description and narrative of findings
Clear condition grades of individual premises within the estate
Identification of associated risks and priorities
Recommendations for remedial works or replacements and their costings
Information about other benefits, for example energy savings
Unlocking your MAT or academy’s potential
A successful CIF bid could unlock a significant amount of funding to transform part of your MAT or academy’s estate and create a safer, more conducive learning environment for students.