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Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

What is it?

The condition improvement fund (CIF) is a funding scheme established and offered by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) which runs via a bidding process, open to Academies and Multi-Academy Trusts.

Its principle function is to ensure that teaching facilities are to a good standard of condition, meeting regulations and are a safe and enjoyable place for learning.

The application process runs annually, with bids typically needing to be entered at the latter stages of the year (October to December).

We work closely with schools to guide them to a successful application, from initial feasibility through to the project management and contract administration. We are a partner with you to help you achieve the facilities your school or college needs.


Condition Surveys and Analysis

Feasibility Studies

Concept Design

Development Plans

Planning Submissions

Technical Drawings

Building Regulations


Project Management

Contract Administration

CIF Priorities:

CIF is available to:

  • Stand alone academies or a facility that is part of a Multi Academy Trust (with fewer than 5 academies or less than 3000 pupils total.)

  • Sixth Form Colleges

  • Non Diocesan, voluntary-aided schools

  • Free Schools

Who can apply?

Our Clients:

We have worked with some fantastic academies and trusts across the South West, from smaller remedial works including door and window replacements and new roofs, to brand new, state-of-the-art multi million pound sports facilities and teaching spaces. 

We are adaptable and no matter the size of the project, we offer expertise to make it happen.

“TFQ Architects have worked in genuine partnership with Newton Abbot College on a significant number of building projects both large and small.  They not only listen to and interpret our requirements creatively but also bring their expertise to deliver real value, ensuring we can provide the highest standard of learning facilities for our students.”

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