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A breakdown of CIF funding uses from the experts

CIF, also known as the Condition Improvement Fund, has long provided the education sector with vital funding. Recognising the damage of down time and the knock-on effect this can have on learning, the ESFA provide schools with the perfect solution. The real question, however, surrounds CIF funding uses. What can this financial support be used for?

CIF Funding Uses

CIF is used for a variety of different projects, where these will significantly improve the condition of an educational facility. This scheme helps schools avoid closure due to structural issues.

The CIF guidelines for their most recent round splits projects into three different categories. These are:

  • Condition Projects
  • Condition with Expansion Projects
  • Expansion Projects

Condition projects include the replacement of priority components such as boilers, fire doors, structural elements, safety alarms, roof coverings, and asbestos removal.

In some instances, condition upgrades may require additional space. In these circumstances, applicants will fall under the ‘Condition with Expansion’ project category. These applications are only accepted if the proposed GIFA is at least 10% larger than it was previously.

Lastly, projects that fall under the ‘Expansion’ category must address overcrowding issues. Only a small amount of CIF funding is allocated to this type of project and there is a lot of criteria that needs to be met in order to be eligible. With this in mind, it pays to work with a credible bid writer like Munday + Cramer who can provide further guidance on CIF funding uses.

The Next Round of CIF

We’re still yet to hear anything more on the next round of CIF. This being said, this scheme has run many successful rounds and we expect to know more towards the end of 2023. This will likely detail new CIF funding uses, along with a different focus. The best way to keep up to date with news about the Condition Improvement Fund is right here on our blog.

Urgent Capital Support

If you are in desperate need of financial support and cannot wait until the next round of CIF, you may be eligible for Urgent Capital Support (UCS.) You can read more about this funding scheme here.

Who Are Munday + Cramer?

Based in Essex, Munday + Cramer are an experienced, trusted, and RIBA accredited architecture practise. Coming from a construction and design background, we are also able to provide support with bid writing. We have been offering this service for many years and have been successful in achieving financial support on behalf of a plethora of educational facilities. You can read more about our clients and their projects here.

In addition to architecture and bid writing, we also have departments covering facilities management, procurement, surveying, and project management. In other words, you can depend on us for nearly every element of your project!

Contact Us

If you still have questions about CIF funding uses and if your project is eligible, why not get in touch? Our experts would love to help! For support, guidance, and assistance with the applying for government schemes, get in touch today by clicking here!