The Department for Education has launched the 2019 – 2020 Conditional Improvement Fund (CIF) bidding Round. Single academy trusts, small multi-academy trusts (MATs) and sixth-form colleges can apply for capital funding to keep buildings safe and in good working order. This includes funding projects to address health and safety issues, building compliance and poor building condition.
Funding is also available to support expansion projects. These are for Ofsted-rated good or outstanding academies and sixth-form colleges that need to expand their existing facilities and/or floor space.
To be eligible to apply for the 2019 to 2020 round, you must have been:
- an open academy or sixth-form college as at 1st September 2018
- a school with a signed academy order as at 1st September 2018 (if successful, you must have converted to academy status and had a funding agreement in place by 1st April 2019 to receive funding)
MATs with at least 5 academies and more than 3,000 pupils do not need to apply for CIF. They will receive a formulaic allocation to deploy across their estate for 2019 to 2020.