CIF 2024-25: What’s New and How to Navigate the Changes

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CIF 2024-25: What’s New and How to Navigate the Changes

The latest round of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) for school building improvements is now open, ushering in some significant changes for the 2024-25 academic year. As schools and academies gear up to enhance their facilities, it’s crucial to be aware of the latest updates that may impact the application process.

New Developments:

– RAAC Mitigations and Roof Replacements:

In a noteworthy departure from previous rounds, CIF applications for Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) mitigations and/or RAAC roof replacements are no longer required. The Department for Education (DfE) has committed to funding both immediate and long-term costs associated with RAAC mitigation and removal. This funding is separate from and additional to the CIF program, signalling a focused approach to addressing RAAC-related concerns.

– Expansion Project Disqualification Criteria:

CIF 2024-25 introduces new disqualification criteria for expansion projects. Projects aiming to create additional school places or alleviate existing overcrowding will be disqualified if they increase capacity by less than 10% for added places or if the existing enrolment is less than 10% over capacity for overcrowding. This emphasises the need for expansion projects to have a substantial impact on addressing capacity issues within educational institutions.

Application Eligibility:

As in previous years, schools can either receive direct School Condition Allocations (SCA) or be eligible for CIF, but not both. Eligibility criteria include being:

• A stand-alone academy,

• A school in a multi-academy trust (MAT) with specific size criteria

• A voluntary-aided (VA) school in a VA body or VA group meeting size criteria

• A sixth-form college

• A school with a signed academy order converting to a CIF-eligible responsible body.

Preparing a Winning Application:

Navigating CIF funding regulations can be complex, and the application process may seem daunting. To increase the chances of success, seeking professional guidance is advisable. Our leading charted surveyors at Eddisons can significantly enhance the application process and provide invaluable expertise in preparing a robust CIF application that aligns with the program’s priorities.

The CIF 2024-25 round brings notable changes, including streamlined funding for RAAC-related projects and updated criteria for expansion projects. As educational institutions prepare their applications, it is crucial to stay informed and seek professional guidance for the best chance of success. The commitment to addressing specific challenges, coupled with a strategic approach to funding allocation, ensures that CIF continues to play a vital role in enhancing the infrastructure of schools, academies, and colleges across the UK. If you’re looking to enhance your school’s facilities and create a better learning environment, CIF funding could be the solution.

Contact Eddisons today to speak with our experts and take the next step in accessing the Condition Improvement Fund. We provide building condition surveys for schools, academies, trusts, colleges and universities across the UK. Our team of over 60 RICS-certified surveyors delivers a first-class service and understands the particular challenges you face – from restricted budgets and project timescales to the importance of minimising disruptions during term time and exams. We also have the expertise to project manage the building and maintenance works and help you secure the relevant funding.

Get in touch to find out more about building condition surveys or to discuss the requirements of your school or academy with our team. Fill out the enquiry form to book your free consultation with one of our education surveyors.

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