18. CIF Update and How to Create a Successful Bid
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The hot topic of conversation across the sector is the recent update from the ESFA, revealing that the much awaited publication of the 2021-22 round of Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) awards, have been postponed until ‘mid-June’.
This episode looks at the impact of the delay, why CIF bids fail and how to ensure your CIF submission stands the best chance of success.
On this episode we explore:
The latest news on CIF
The announcement being not was anticipated.
The updates on gov.uk including the size of the CIF allocation (£502 Million)
A drop from last year’s double round of CIF of £620 Million
But up by 20% on previous years CIF pot of circa £440 million
The ESFA saying mid-June’ will still give lead-in time
Post Brexit issues
The knock on-effect of more projects will be delivered in term time
An increase in health and safety risks and for disruption for schools
Some trusts may defer projects until next year
Stiff competition between CIF eligible schools
Why CIF Bids fail
Tim’s recommended approach for a successful bid
How to make a bid stand out