Your CIF Funding Guide

How we can help school CIF bids from concept to completion 

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an annual bidding round for schools to apply for capital funding for building projects created by the UK government and the Department for Education. 

What building projects are supported

  • Funding is available to ensure buildings remain safe and in good working order.
  • This includes issues with compliance, poor condition and work to fix health and safety concerns.
  • CIF also supports some expansion projects for Ofsted rated good or outstanding academies and sixth-form colleges that are able to show they need more space to meet demand.

Making a bid for school CIF funds

Applications usually consist of a high-quality detailed bid, competition is fierce in order to gain funding but not impossible with the right application.

Who can apply for CIF funds?

The Condition Improvement Fund is available to a range of education providers:

  • Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) that have 5 or more schools open by September 2021 with less than 3000 students per school
  • 6th Forms and Collages that are open from 1st September 2021
  • Voluntary Aided Schools (VA) 

If your academy is a part of MAT with over 5 academies or over 3000 pupils, you’re not eligible for the CIF however you can still receive School Capital Funding

Rossett School
Modular Buildings for Schools

What is the CIF application deadline?

The deadline for new applicants annually to register is December and the deadline for submitting applications is January.

When do you find out if a bid is successful?

If successful, applicants are usually contacted in spring of the next year.

How to apply

Applications are made via the Condition Improvement fund portal.

How do Urgent Capital Support (UCS) and other loans work with the CIF scheme?

UCS is available specifically for urgent issues that threaten immediate school closure due to endangering pupils and staff.

Academies and sixth-form colleges can take out a loan, for all or part of the project costs in their application, to demonstrate their commitment to the scheme.

Beech Hall School

Why choose Modulek when applying for CIF funds

These are the reasons to choose a Modulek building when you apply to the Condition Improvement Fund: 

  • Cost Certainty: Our proven track record working with fixed budgets means that we can deliver on our promises.
  • Creative Design: Creating exceptional learning environments is a feature of our service. Using the very latest building methods, a hybrid of traditional and modular construction, we can work with you to deliver fabulous looking yet perfectly functional classrooms.
  • True turnkey ability: Our traditional build background gives you the confidence that the project will be completed without hassle that gives you added peace of mind
  • Putting our client first: Our client-centric approach guarantees client satisfaction from the initial concept to completion.
  • Proven track record: Trust our experience of delivering over 100 school projects in the past 5 years that in turn confirms that you made the right choice. You can find some of our previous products in our case studies.
St James High School

CIF Bid Writing

Our team of dedicated experts, who have decades of professional knowledge between them, will help you prepare your successful school CIF bid.

Let us guide you through every aspect of the process

Each year the Department for Schools and Education update their guidance. This document is often long and complicated, and it is crucial for your successful bid preparation.

If your application deviates from the criteria outlined, then it is unlikely it will be selected.

Before making your bid, it’s essential to thoroughly review the guidance and to follow it meticulously. 

To assist you and save you time, our team of experts are continually reviewing the Government documentation regarding the Condition Improvement Fund. 

This attention to detail, matched with Modulek’s years of experience regarding successful educational build projects, means we’re adept at ensuring your bid is a success.

We’ll help strengthen your CIF bid

Every successful bid should include details of the solution you are proposing complete with supporting prices and a delivery schedule. 

We can help with all this and, also, show how our unique, bespoke off-site construction can help save you time and money.

Via our turnkey solution, we can offer you total support from concept to completion, providing a fully fitted building your staff and pupils can start using immediately.

What are the benefits of a Modulek building?

  • The benefit of off-site construction: We construct every building in our dedicated factory, which minimises visual, audible and physical disruption to students and staff on-site. Bad weather does not impact on us, so deadlines are met, and costs kept to a minimum while protecting the environment at the same time.
  • We’re client-focused. We listen to you and find out what you need and deliver it – going above and beyond your expectations. 
  • We’re efficient – your project will be completed on time and on budget.
  • We’ve decades of experience gaining planning approval for various types of buildings.

Next steps

Contact us to make an appointment with a member of our experienced Condition Improvement Fund Team today.

Contact us  to make an appointment with a member of our experienced CIF Team today.