Condition Improvement Funding

Helping academies to secure funding and keep buildings safe and fit for learning

The 2017/2018 round of Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) saw £466 million distributed to 1,435 project across 1,184 UK academies and sixth-form colleges.

Projects included service upgrades and replacements, minor repair works and efficiency projects; and a small number of new build and extensions to ensure the children across the country can enjoy school and sixth form college buildings, which are safe, good quality and fit for learning.

What is CIF funding?

CIF is an annual bidding round for academies and sixth-form colleges to apply for capital funding. The core priority is to address significant condition need, keeping buildings safe and in good working order.

How can we help?

Our CIF team will use their experience from previous rounds of CIF to help deliver a successful bid and be on hand to guide you through the whole process.  We will work alongside you from the initial meeting through to completion of works to ensure that the needs and objectives of the Academy are paramount during the whole process. Download our Condition Improvement Funding brochure to find out more. 

Our team have experience of securing over £63 million of CIF funding for academies and have successfully delivered property strategy, property rationalisation and capital projects to many school estates across the UK.

Along with our consultancy services, we can supply building, mechanical and electrical surveys, design proposals, energy and sustainability services, project delivery and programme management services.  We have a broad range of specialists within the property and construction sector and we are therefore able to provide all services necessary.

Once funding is granted, a project lead will ensure the successful of each project.  Project leads will ensure that timescales and budgets set out within the CIF application are adhered to, which will also be monitored by the CIF team on a quarterly basis.

In previous CIF rounds we have helped secured funding for:

  • Window replacement projects
  • Fire safety works – including fire alarm system upgrades, compartmentation work and fire door compliance
  • Roof replacement schemes
  • Safeguarding projects
  • Structural repairs
  • Heating and boiler improvements
  • School kitchen upgrades
  • Electrical renewals

One Public Estate


The One Public Estate programme is a pioneering initiative delivered in partnership by the LGA and the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit (GPU). £3.6 million has been allocated to councils across new and existing partnerships on the programme.

Blackburn with Darwen Council

Bells Farm Primary School


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