Last reviewed on 8 November 2021
School types: Academy · School phases: All
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Get to grips with everything you need to know about the condition improvement fund (CIF) – find out if you're eligible, what it can cover and how much you could get.

This article is based on the DfE's guidance on the 2022 to 2023 funding round (in particular, the 'information for applicants').

Who is the condition improvement fund for?

  • Single-academy trusts ("stand-alone" academies)
  • Multi-academy trusts (MATs) with:
    • Fewer than 5 academies at the start of September 2021, or
    • 5 or more academies but fewer than 3,000 pupils 
  • Voluntary aided (VA) schools in a VA body or group with:
    • Fewer than 5 schools at the start of September 2021, or
    • 5 schools but fewer than 3,000 pupils
  • Sixth-form colleges 
  • Schools with a signed academy order as of the start of September 2021, that are expected to convert by 1 April 2022

Note: pupil numbers for special and alternative provision schools (including pupil referral units) are multiplied by 4.5.

Too big for the CIF? You'll receive school condition allocations instead.

What is it for?

Condition projects – to improve the condition of buildings without expanding the gross internal floor