What is CIF (Conditions Improvement Fund) for academies?

The CIF is capital funding that academies and sixth-form colleges can apply for each year, which is approved by the EFA (Education Funding Agency).

What is it for?

Keeping academy and sixth-form college buildings safe and in good working order, addressing the issues with significant consequences that revenue or Devolved Formula Capital (DFC) funding cannot meet, i.e. poor building conditions, building compliance, energy efficiency and health and safety concerns.

It also supports a number of expansion projects.

Who can apply?

  • Single academy trusts.
  • Multi-academy trusts (MATs).
  • Sixth-form colleges.

How can IKO help?

Working with IKO means that any changes to the funding process (i.e. where funding is / isn’t available) can be handled efficiently, helping to avoid any unforeseen complications.

Applying for CIF can be a daunting task if taken alone, which is why IKO take proactive steps in creating a comprehensive case for your funding application.

A complete description of a buildings current roofing condition increases the chances of qualifying for funding.

What else do IKO offer?

Short-term goals: Helping you to obtain funding and assisting with tendering by providing any necessary technical expertise, together with an approved nationwide contractor network.

Long-term gains: Managing the entire waterproofing solution, planning inspections and maintenance schedules to avoid disruption – all tailored to your particular needs and budget.

Notable dates

  • September: CIF announced.
  • October: CIF information for applicants published.
  • October: Online application form opens.
  • November: Registration deadline for new applicants.
  • December: Deadline for submitting applications.
  • April: Target date for notifying successful projects.


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