CIF Funding

Providing the data on your estate you need to complete your application

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For many years, Sircle has been carrying out surveys for our clients in the education sector that provide the data they need to secure funding for important projects such as roofing, windows, heating, fire safety, asbestos removal, and electrical safety.

What is the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)?

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an annual round of funding released by the Department for Education (DfE) to address significant condition needs for academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided schools. This includes funding projects that address health and safety issues, building compliance and buildings in poor condition.

Are you eligible for CIF funding?

The following bodies are eligible for CIF funding:

  • Stand-alone academies

  •  Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) with less than five schools/ academies or less than 3,000 pupils

  • Sixth-form colleges

  • Schools with a signed Academy Order as of 1 September 2023

  • Schools currently in the process of converting to an academy (certain conditions apply)

How Sircle can help

The Government’s CIF guidelines for 2024 to 2025 say that “most applications require a condition survey” and an “independent suitably qualified person should carry out surveys”.

Sircle’s MEP, building and fabric surveyors are qualified and highly experienced in undertaking various types of building condition surveys, ensuring that the information you need is recorded and reported accurately. The surveys we provide include the following:

•  Drawing Verification Surveys
•  Verticality Surveys
•  Schedule of Condition (SOC)
•  Fabric Surveys
•  Latent Defect Surveys
•  M&E Asset Surveys
•  Condition Surveys
•  M&E Services Surveys
•  Drainage Surveys

Likewise, our experienced fire safety and compliance team offer a range of audits and surveys to ensure you meet all the necessary guidelines and regulations. These services include:

• Fire Risk Assessments 
• Fire Door Condition Surveys
• Active Fire Equipment Asset Surveys
• Fire Compartmentation and Passive Fire Surveys
• Window Condition Surveys
• Asbestos Re-Inspections

Following the surveys, we provide a clearly laid out report with supporting digital data dashboard outputs, enabling you to efficiently obtain the data you require for your CIF funding application without spending valuable time reading through pages and pages of material.

Speak to us today to find out how our range of surveys can help you with your CIF funding application.

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