Funding Schemes

ECP - Funding Streams Service

ECP has a wealth of experience in obtaining funding for education estate projects. This includes government schemes for stand-alone academies and small MATs. They are the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) or School Condition Allocations (SCA). It also includes schemes for voluntary aided schools, funding for faith schools and various other estates. 

We are familiar with funding schemes managed by Salix Finance. Such as the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) and the Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF). Previously we also supported bids for the Salix Energy Efficiency Fund (SEEF). And we also work with independent grants, such as those from organisations like the Wolfson Foundation

We can lead the processes relating to all these funding schemes. We provide all necessary supporting documentation and expertise to maximise the chance of a successful outcome. 

The funding process is typically on a ‘no-win-no-fee’ basis so schools can proceed risk-free with their peace of mind.

At ECP we like to partner with our school for the entire bid process. At no additional upfront cost to the school, we offer our expertise and time. We become stakeholder in the process and will often act on behalf of the school with what is needed.

Types of funding support:
  • CIFCondition Improvement Fund. This is a Department for Education (DfE) funding stream to deal primarily with condition-based issues identified through professional assessment.
  • SCA – School Condition Allocations. This is also a Department for Education (DfE) funding grant that can be awarded to larger multi-academy trusts (MATs) or voluntary aided (VA) bodies with 3000+ students on the school roll.
  • PSDS – Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. This is a funding stream that schools are able to make applications for to lower energy usage and carbon emissions on their sites.
  • LCSFPublic Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund. This is a grant that is provided to engage skilled teams to advise and propose decarbonisation plans. This is connected with the PSDS, as the skilled teams help with the applications.

How can ECP help?

Our team can help advise which funding stream your education estate could benefit from, and how to go about applying for the funds. By working with ECP, we can assess your existing accommodation, understand what you want to achieve, or need to rectify, and provide you with a detailed proposal.

As stated above, we can then lead the entire bidding process for the various funding streams, and help secure the funding you wish to obtain.

If you have been unsuccessful in a bidding process to date, please get in touch as we can also review your plans and help recommend changes.

CIF Bids & Funding

We have a wealth of experience in preparing bids for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) and successfully obtaining funding for projects.

Our Expertise

We provide estate consultancy services exclusively to the education sector, from a hybrid team of experienced chartered surveyors and architects.

Read our Blogs

Check out our blogs as we share our experience with winning bids and the work they go on to help.

Sustainability & Decarbonisation

We assist in reviewing existing carbon footprints and put in place a suitable, sustainable plan and solution for projects.


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