CIF Funding: 2018-19 Funding Round Opens

The Condition Improvement Fund 2018-19 bidding round for capital funding has just opened. Single academy trusts, small multi-academy trusts (MATs) and sixth-form colleges can apply for capital funding to keep their buildings safe and in good working order.

Download the information for applicants here and learn about how the CIF funding system works.

Who is eligible for CIF Funding?

To be eligible to apply you must be an open academy or sixth-form college at 1 September 2017, or be a school with a signed academy order at 1 September 2017. If the latter you’ll need to have converted to academy status and have a funding agreement in place by 1 April 2018 to receive the funding if your application for CIF funding is successful.

Repairs to Leaking Roofs Qualify for CIF Funding


CIF funding is ideal for academies who have leaking roofs, as they comply with the priority that the ESFA places on compliance with health and safety issues, and to ensure weather tight buildings and continuous heating.

However not all applications for funding for this work are successful. This is due to

  • Increasing Demand for refurbishment with more schools suffering from leaking roofs;
  • Increasing Popularity of the CIF funding mechanism with over 6000 schools applying last year;
  • Reduced success rates overall (the 2017-18 success rate was just 38% for all applications.
  • Academies who apply are not familiar with the process, or are poorly advised.

It is essential that if schools need to apply for CIF funding to get the school roof repaired, that they get experienced help on board. This help is Free from SIG Design and Technology.

How to Bid for CIF funding for School Roof Repair and Replacement

SIG Design and Technology, the company behind, have a highly qualified and experienced team of roofing specialists who also understand how the CIF Funding process works. We recommend that academies and sixth-form colleges:

  1. Don’t leave it too late – now the applications can go in it is essential to get started as soon as possible.
  2. Make the strongest bid possible, one which clearly identifies the risks and issues, uses the appropriate technical language and presents the information concisely and relevantly.
  3. Use an expert team to help you make your application. Applying for funding is a challenge and people often make mistakes.

We Can Help

SIG Design and Technology are roofing experts with years of expertise and a network of accredited contractors. Working with our experienced partner surveyors, we can make the bidding process very simple and successful.

Because we’re so confident we can secure your funding, we offer a FREE roof condition survey and report to schools we know we can help.

Bidding for CIF funding for school roof repairs can be daunting, but with the right advice and experience on hand it doesn’t have to be a bind. Get in touch with us today to book your initial meeting, or if you have any questions please ask them in the comments below, or contact us via the enquiry form.

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