Over many years we have built a reputation as a trusted partner for academies and multi-academy trust looking to apply to the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
In the last year we obtained over £28m for our clients for projects such as roofing works, replacement windows, safeguarding, fire safety, heating upgrade works and electrical safety.
Eddisons provide free expert advice and bid submission for Business Managers, Finance Directors, CEOs and Estates Managers, ensuring that their CIF submissions are realistic, robust and meet the criteria set out in the CIF guidelines.
The Condition Improvement Fund is open to Academies, Sixth Form Colleges, Free Schools and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) subject to qualifying criteria. CIF aims to maintain and improve school buildings’ safety and good condition.
Eddisons can help improve your chances of CIF funding by preparing a winning bid, including substantial evidence and project outline and costs.
Benefits of Choosing Eddisons for CIF
- Over £80m in funding obtained for schools and trusts (up to 2019/20 round).
- Offices all over the UK meaning that you have an education expert with local knowledge close by at all times – national reach with a local touch
- Unrivalled experience in all aspects of school capital works and related funding meaning that your bid is complete with every aspect of information required to successfully win funding
- Highly experienced consultants who truly believe in working honestly with schools as a partnership. We will always be completely honest with you about the likelihood of success of your bids as well as the condition of your estates. We do not make a charge for bid writing so you know that any bid submitted by us is a good candidate for funding.
What Separates Eddisons from other CIF Providers?
All Eddisons staff are full time employees, we never use agency staff. With Eddisons you will always have a dedicated surveyor working with you on your bids. They will be contactable directly by mobile phone and will not only write your bid for you but will subsequently deliver your project once funds have been secured and the ongoing relationship. With a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of CIF funding they will be able to help and advise on every question you might have, from whether a project is viable to how to go about funding the school/trust contribution to the work required.
We believe that our superior service levels, outstanding client relationships and long term clients speak for themselves. We encourage any potential clients to approach any of our existing school and multi-academy trust customers for testimonials.
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What is CIF?
CIF is the acronym for Condition Improvement Fund and is a yearly bidding round for academies, multi-academy trusts and sixth form colleges for capital project funding. It was created to assist in ensuring school, college and trust buildings remain safe, secure and in good condition. It is also used to support a number of expansion projects where schools are over subscribed and are rated Outstanding or Good by Ofsted.
Condition Improvement Fund is important because it ensures that school buildings are kept in a safe and working condition. It addresses significant requirements for improvement which are vitally important to the smooth running and safety of schools. This includes keeping them warm (heating, windows, roofing), dry (roofing, windows) and safe (fire safety, asbestos removal, safeguarding the perimeter, M&E). Much of the costs of these projects would be too high for a school or multi-academy trust to bear alone.
Can I apply for CIF Funding?
Eligibility for CIF funding is only formally announced in October of the year of the funding round but is generally any school or multi-academy trust with under 3000 pupils and 5 schools. Trusts with more than 5 schools can be eligible if they have fewer than 3000 pupils, but if they have under 5 schools and are over 3000 pupils they will not qualify.
Numbers of pupils are based on the figures at the Spring census of that year. Schools who have not yet converted but who have a signed academy order by the 1st September in the year of application can apply, on condition that they convert by the 1st April following.
More recently non-diocesan Voluntary Aided (VA) schools have also been included in the eligibility rules for CIF.
What is Urgent Capital Support?
Urgent Capital Support (UCS) is for any schools who are eligible for CIF and have been identified as having urgent building condition issues (e.g. fire safety where an inspection has identified that the school will have to be closed if work is not undertaken immediately). These types of conditions are those that may put pupils and staff at risk or threaten imminent closure of the school.
UCS bids can be submitted at any time during the year.
Unsuccessful CIF application?
If a CIF bid is unsuccessful there is an appeals process open to schools and multi-academy trusts (subject to available funding). Bids can be resubmitted, but cannot be added to in any way.
Appeals will only be considered where there is clear demonstration that the ESFA made a material error in the application assessment which resulted in the application not meeting the criteria for success. An example of this could be that the feedback states that 3 quotes were not included from contractors for procurement purposes but in fact they were.
It is best to only appeal an unsuccessful application if the score was very close to the threshold mark as only these are likely to be successful.
For over 175 years, we have placed our clients at the forefront of everything we do. Operating nationally with as team of over 30 building surveyors, we take the time to understand our clients’ objectives and deliver effective advice.
Our team of specialist surveyors work with you by conducting a full inspection and discussing the priorities that will be highlighted in your CIF application.
We prepare survey reports and bid writing services free of charge for CIF bid applications to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
Eddisons will prepare the bid document for you, and if successful, we can offer a variety of services, from consultancy of the project, to contract management, and cost administration.