The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an annual fund made available by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for eligible academies and sixth-form colleges. CIF is predominantly for schools to address significant condition-based property issues; keeping them safe, secure and in good working order.

Nearly £500 million was allocated by the ESFA in the 2017/8 round alone. With an increasing number of schools converting to academy status, competition is continuing to increase. In the most recent funding round, less than 40% of all bid submissions were successful; can your academy afford to miss out? Munday + Cramer have extensive experience in securing works through CIF, having earned academies over £90.0M in recent years, with a consistent success rate more than double the national average.

At Munday + Cramer we have a proven track record when it comes to putting together successful applications. We work closely with our clients and their estates to identify the highest priority works. Providing guidance and advice to our clients from the first initial consultation to the final completion of the project, ensuring the process is stress free.

Projects previously funded include:

  • Safeguarding Improvements (Site security, gate automation, school entrance improvements)
  • Asbestos Removal / Reinstatement
  • Fire Safety (Fire alarms, emergency lighting, fire doors, compartmentation improvements)
  • Electrical Upgrades (Electrical re-wire, mains electrical improvements)
  • Roof Refurbishments
  • Window / Door Replacements
  • Heating Systems (Boilers, Controls, Distribution)
  • Water Distribution Replacement (hot / cold water pipework and plant replacement)
  • Block replacement
  • Kitchen/Dining facilities
  • Changing rooms
  • Sports facilities
  • Playgrounds

The Condition Improvement Fund also makes provision for further bidding opportunities with regards to expansion projects. Open to Ofsted-rated good/outstanding academies and sixth-form colleges that require expansion to meet demand or to address overcrowding. 

Munday + Cramer will help the academies prioritise and forecast bid opportunities. We continue to assist our academy clients secure CIF funding year on year. A key example of this approach is at Beaconsfield High School, Buckinghamshire. Here a strategic approach to bidding has enabled the following successes:

2015/6

Roof Refurbishment (Phase 1)

Electrical Rewire & Ceiling / Lighting

£676,723.00

£650,223.00

2016/7

Boiler & Heating Improvements

Safeguarding / Front Entrance

£442,376.00

£383,789.00

2017/8

Water Distribution Replacement

Roof Refurbishment (Phase 2)

£848,161.00

£320,506.00

2018/9

Fire Safety Compliance Works

MUGA Pitch

£136,781.00

£207,833.00

Total Value:

£3,666,392.00

Case Studies

  • New Front Entrace - Beaconsfield High School - M+C
    Beaconsfield High School - Reception Remodelling
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    A CIF-FUNDED SCHEME TO IMPROVE SAFEGUARDING MEASURES AT BEACONSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, INCLUDING A NEW MAIN RECEPTION AREA
  • Extent of structural issues at Corringham Primary School, resolved through CIF funding.
    Corringham Primary School - Structural Repairs
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    HAVING SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT SUBSIDENCE FOR MANY YEARS, M+C WERE APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE AND DEVELOP A SCHEME FOR CIF FUNDING TO UNDERTAKE SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL REPAIRS AT CORRINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • A range of safeguarding measures and external landscaping works undertaken at Greensted Junior School
    Greensted Junior School - Estate Planning
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    MUNDAY + CRAMER HAVE SUPPORTED GREENSTED JUNIOR SCHOOL IN AN OVERARCHING ESTATE PLANNING ROLE, HELPING TO DEFINE PROPERTY STRATEGY AND DELIVERY SCHEMES ALONGSIDE THE PROGRAMME
  • Hassenbrook Academy - New kitchen installation
    Hassenbrook Academy - Kitchen Refurbishment
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    Complete strip-out and refurbishment of a large secondary school kitchen to improve hygiene and efficiency, funded by CIF
  • St Marks Boilers replaced using CIF and Salix funding
    St. Mark’s West Essex Catholic School – Boiler Replacement
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    M+C were appointed to provide technical support to secure both CIF and Salix funding, and design/procure/project manage the replacement of the school's aging boilers
  • Notley Green Primary School - New Reception Block featuring landscaped outside space and canopy
    Notley Green Primary School - New Reception Block
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    Brand new reception class block at Notley Green Primary School, funded via CIF
  • Rewire - Meadgate Primary School - M+C
    Meadgate Primary School - Electrical Upgrade
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    Brand new reception class block at Notley Green Primary School, funded via CIF
  • CIF Bid for Roofing and Concrete Repairs - Munday and Cramer
    Alton Park - Roofing and concrete repairs
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    CIF Funded Structural Repairs to Concrete Roof Deck and Replacement of Roof Coverings. Replacement and Renewal of Soffits and Fascias.
  • Ryedene Primary School - New Build
    Ryedene School Demountable Replacement
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    CIF Funded New Build Class Base To Replace Dilapidated Demountable at Ryedene Primary School in Essex