CIF 2024 – 2025 Results: A Surprisingly Early Boost for Education Projects

Surprise rippled through the consultancy circles a short while ago, as the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) results for 2024-2025 applicants came in. It was several weeks earlier than has been in recent, and was a welcome development for our team, not to mention the schools nationwide it will be helping.

ECP Blog Article - CIF Results 2024-2025

Gift of Time

Albeit just a few additional weeks, we do now have the extra time to develop our plans further. With any project planning, time is a crucial element so this has helped us in many ways.

With lead times for products sometimes being a challenge, this has now become more manageable, and we’ll be seizing the opportunity to secure necessary resources well in advance. It also means that come day one of the projects, everything will be in place, eliminating potential delays that we always work hard to avoid anyway.

Capitalising Breaks

Another notable advantage of the early announcement will be the ability to capitalise on the upcoming breaks in the academic calendar. For instance, with the May half term fast approaching, we’re already making preparations for erecting scaffolding on schools ahead of schedule.

A Wider Look at the Results

Taking a look at the successful CIF 2024 to 2025 applications, it’s interesting to see the scale of participation. The gov.co.uk site states that there were 4,363 academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary-aided schools eligible to apply to CIF 2024 to 2025. Just over 46% of those (2,016) applied for a total of 3,034 projects. This certainly reflects the widespread need for infrastructure upgrades and enhancements on education sites.

The Department for Education (DfE) made just under £450 million available for the CIF 2024-2025 programme. A slight, yet significant drop from the previous year. At the end of March 2024, it confirmed 866 projects at 733 academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary-aided schools. Within that, 40 projects were still pending approval, subject to further due diligence.

Our ECP Outcome

We’ve succeeded in securing £4.5 million of that fund for the CIF projects we bid for. Which can be seen as a notable 1% share of the entire national fund.

The projects we will be working on emcompass a diverse array of needs, from crucial safety upgrades like fire doors to essential infrastructure like boilers.

As we gear up for the months ahead, the early CIF results have set a promising tone, underscoring our commitment to providing students with safe, modern, and conducive learning environments.

Furthermore, beyond CIF eligibility, we’ve successfully secured funding for additional projects. It’s set the stage for a bustling summer for our team, which has already begun. We utilised the Easter break for an asbestos strip out, ahead of major refurbishment works that will be taking place in the summer, and a CIF funded roof project is now well underway on site.

 

If you want to discuss anything relating to CIF, the bidding process or how we secure funding for the estates we work on the projects we propose, please get in touch.

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