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Do you need grant funding for a school development project?

It can often be a difficult and lengthy process for schools to gain access to new funding. If you’re looking for additional funding for a development project, we can assist you. Using the expert knowledge and experience of our grant finding partner Reach 4 Grants (R4G), we can help you secure funding to suit your needs.

Condition Improvement Fund: 2018/19

In previous years, the bidding round for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) has opened around October half term and closes just before Christmas. If you wait until the bidding window opens, it doesn’t leave much time for you to plan your project and write a successful bid. Why not start now?

If you are a standalone academy or a small multi-academy trust do you know how to apply for the funding? Do you know why you should apply for the funding?

If not, then read on, SAAF Education will answer everything.

Generating Income and Cutting Costs

It’s no secret that schools, academies and trusts face an onslaught of challenges to balance their budgets. If it’s not a cut in funding, it’s an increase in costs. 

Even the most successful educational establishments in the country still have trouble facing the constant financial threats, so how do they manage to stay afloat and escape deficit?

Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) - The New Round

The application form for the 2018-2019 round of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) has officially opened. If you’re planning to apply this year, you have until 14 December 2017 to submit your initial application.

Help to Improve Energy Efficiency

High energy bills can be a cause for concern when it comes to your budget and carbon footprint. Switching to energy efficient solutions can help reduce this, but with increasing budget pressures, making the switch is a luxury most schools can’t afford.

Salix, a not-for-profit organisation, helps remove this obstacle by offering interest-free loans to schools and academies who wish to reduce their energy consumption.

Can you apply for the MAT Development and Improvement Fund?

In order to provide additional funding to trusts to help improve schools and increase social mobility, the DfE has created the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Development and Improvement Fund (MDIF).

However, there are strict guidelines for what the funding can and cannot be used for, and what must be done in order to acquire it. In this blog, we aim to breakdown the requirements to provide an understanding of whether or not you should apply.

The Condition Improvement Fund - Winning Ideas

As the Autumn term starts, the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) deadline draws closer. Even though no official date has been set, judging from previous years, your application will need to be drafted and submitted around the beginning of December.

Are you prepared for it? Do you know exactly what is needed for the application? If not, then don’t panic, we have some information that may help you feel at ease.

SAAF's cycle challenge for A Dollar for Dawson campaign was a success!

After a non-stop 24-hours, our team managed to cycle the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats, that’s 603 miles as the crow flies to raise money from A Dollar For Dawson!

The Condition Improvement Fund - Your questions answered

Writing bids for funding can be a tricky job. It’s a long, complicated, time-consuming process that you may not have any experience with. You may be asking yourself, “What do all these questions mean?”, “Will my project be seen as a priority?” “Do I even stand a chance of receiving the funding?” and, “How do I know if I’m allowed to apply?”

Well don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’re here to help you understand a little more about what the CIF is, and how outsourcing your bid writing can save you valuable time, and increase the chances of your bid being successful.

Charity Cycle Challenge - We Need your Help!

On the 20th of July 2017, SAAF Education will be holding a 24-hour cycle challenge to raise money for the Dollar for Dawson campaign.