CIF Funding

Do you have the data you need to secure CIF funding and carry out your next project?

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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

  • Voluntary-Aided (VA) schools in a VA body or VA group with less than five schools, or less than 3,000 pupils

When can you apply?

With expressions of interest for the next round of CIF (Condition Improvement Fund) Funding 2024/25 now open and bidding closing 12pm 14 December, now is the time to start gathering the data you need for your application.

How Sircle can help

The Government’s CIF guidelines state that “applications need a condition survey” and an “independent suitably qualified person should carry out the surveys”. This ensures that there is an independent assessment made and will add weight to your application. Sircle can provide that independent assessment.

Sircle’s surveyors are qualified and highly experienced in undertaking various types of surveys, from measured surveys to detailed condition surveys of your building, the MEP services within them and their Fire Compliance, which will result in detailed reports to support the CIF funding application.

Our Geomatics and Building surveys provide:

Measured Elevations Surveys
Verticality Surveys
Measured Building Surveys
Schedule of Condition (SOC) Surveys
M&E Asset and Lifecycle Surveys
Drainage Surveys
Utility Surveys
Building Fabric Condition, or Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Surveys 

Our experienced fire safety and compliance team offer a range of audits and surveys to help support your application and achieve the safety of your occupants. We will ensure you remain compliant with legal legislation such as the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the Fire Safety Act 2022, the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012, and The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

These services include:

Fire Risk Assessments 
Fire Door Condition Surveys/Compliance Surveys
Post inspection audits for fire-stopping and fire door installations
Active Fire Equipment Asset Surveys
Fire Compartmentation and Passive Fire Surveys
Window Condition Surveys
Asbestos Re-Inspections

Upon completing the surveys/ inspections, 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.

Project Management

If your application for funding is successful, our project management and contract administration team are on hand to help deliver your project on time, within budget and to the quality required.

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

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“We have worked with Sircle for a number of years and have always found their excellent service to be friendly, efficient and flexible while still maintaining competitive prices.”

The University of Sheffield