Academy CIF funding bid success!

We are delighted to announce that many of our Academy clients have successfully obtained funding under the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

This follows a very busy period with Lea Hough’s Building Surveying team having identified the projects and prepared the funding applications on behalf of the academies.

This year, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) set the highest condition CIF priorities as compliance, health and safety, and significant building condition issues.

Lea Hough’s successful bids covered a wide range of projects within the EFA’s target objectives including: major repairs, flat roof replacements, window & door refurbishments, pitched roof replacements, safeguarding & site security improvements, new fire alarms, boilers & heating systems, toilet refurbishments, etc.

The EFA have confirmed that the fund was three times oversubscribed, and the competition is tough. However, the result yet again this year is that we have been very successful, having secured funding for millions of £’s of repairs and improvements for Academies in Lancashire, Cumbria and Staffordshire.

Having prepared bids on behalf of academies for several years, we are well versed in CIF processes and funding criteria. We have an unrivalled knowledge of how to put together successful applications. We also know how difficult and time-consuming this can be for individual academies and Business Managers.

Our clients include academies, free schools, and sixth form colleges and we have extensive experience of working in the educational sector generally.

Much of our bid writing is done FREE OF CHARGE giving a very low risk solution to academies who want to apply for funding but do not have the time or technical knowledge to develop their own bids.

We very much look forward to a busy summer ahead, project-managing these works to completion, and working with our successful academy clients.

Academies, please contact us today for a FREE initial consultation to make sure you are getting your share of this vital funding.


“We had a Schedule of Condition carried out on a Commercial Property. From vacant possession to our proposed completion date we were really tight on time. Gary managed to carry out the inspection and write a very thorough report in the time needed to ensure we hit our completion date. The price of the report was also extremely competitive. I would recommend Lea Hough to anyone looking for a Professional Surveyors with excellent service & communication at a competitive price.”

Danny Ambler - Fuse Contract Furniture, Blackburn