CIF Funding Support
WHAT IS CIF FUNDING?
The Condition Improvement fund is capital funding given to eligible sixth form colleges and academies, primarily to ensure buildings are kept safe and in good working order. Funds could be allocated to address health and safety, building compliance or building condition issues.
CAN I USE CIF FUNDING FOR A NEW BUILDING?
Yes, funding can be used to address overcrowding issues or in some circumstances create additional places.
There are three categories of projects that are eligible for CIF funding: condition, condition with expansion, and expansion. Of the two bids that a college or academy can make, only one can be an expansion project.
WILL MODULAR CONSTRUCTION HELP MY CIF BID SUBMISSION?
There is no special dispensation for modular construction projects in CIF, however specifying a modular building may provide benefits to your submission.
CIF projects are judged on three weighted criteria: project need (60%), project planning (15%) and project cost (25%). The project need criterion has actually been reduced this year to give the cost criterion extra weight, and this is where modular construction can benefit your bid.
By specifying a more efficient construction process, with less waste and shorter programmes, you’ll be able to demonstrate a cost efficient approach to your expansion project.
WHAT CAN WERNICK DO TO HELP?
We’re offering to help education establishments prepare their CIF bids for expansion projects. We can provide a feasibility assessment to be included in your bid, including a cost estimate. With decades of experience in the education sector, Wernick will be able to provide expert advice to help you improve your bid submission and your premises.