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It's time to prepare for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

The bidding window for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) usually opens around October half term and closes just before Christmas. However waiting until the bidding window opens can make it much more difficult to organise and plan your project, if you start now, you will have plenty of time to write a successful bid and submit it on time.

If you work in a standalone academy, free school or small multi-academy trust, with the support of our partners you can start the process now. We can assist in preparing a bid that could result in significant benefits for your school.

Extra Funding to Enhance Science and Music Lessons (UK)

It can often be a difficult process to receive funding for various departments in your school, academy, or MAT however there are a couple of non DFE grants currently available as a top up to your standard funding streams. 

If you’re looking for additional funding to support your school and enhance the learning experience for your pupils, this post can point you in the right direction to achieve this.

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, we can help you secure funding to suit your needs.

The Trust Capacity Fund 2019-2020

Growing your trust can be a difficult and expensive process, but now you have a great opportunity, the Department for Education has just announced a new funding pot of £17m called the Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) which supports trust growth and development across the country. If you’re in search of funding to expand your trust, TCaF can support your plans. The application process for this funding is now open and will close on 31 December 2019.

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is now open for your bid!


You have until midday 13th December 2019 to submit your CIF bid for 2020-21.

If you have a project in mind but haven't started your application yet, don't worry, it's not too late, we can help! 


Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) has an annual bidding round for single academies, small multi- academy trusts and sixth form colleges, to apply for grant funding to support with improving the conditions of their facilities and ensuring that buildings are safe and fit for purpose. This funding is available annually and bids are submitted between October-December. The CIF has previously addressed numerous health and safety issues in various academies and sixth form colleges throughout England.

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.