The recent announcement of the latest round of funding from the government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) has elicited a mix of excitement and disappointment among schools. While planning can commence for the successful projects which were awarded funding, there are other schools and projects that did not receive the outcome they had hoped for. In this blog post, we will discuss the bid feedback and appeals process following the release of the 2024/25 CIF results.

Bid Feedback

Following the announcement, applicants will receive bid feedback that outlines the reasons behind their funding decision. This feedback is invaluable as it helps applicants understand the strengths and weaknesses of their application and allows them to refine their approach for future bids.

Lea Hough’s School Building Consultants are happy to speak to academy schools to, review the feedback provided and advise on potential areas in which the bid could be improved. In many cases, we are able to identify significant areas for improvement and can then work with the school when the next funding round opens, putting the suggested measures in place. With a stronger bid to submit, the school will have a higher likelihood of gaining funding.

Contact us for a free CIF funding audit.

Appeals Process

For schools that were not successful in securing funding, there may be an option to appeal against the decision. The appeals process provides an opportunity for applicants to challenge the decision-making process and seek a review of the decision.

To appeal, applicants must submit a detailed appeal statement outlining their reasons for appealing and providing any additional information that supports their case. The statement should include any new evidence or arguments that may not have been considered in the original application.

Academies will be able toAppeal the CIF 24/25 outcomevia the CIF portal.

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The bid feedback and appeals process following the CIF results release can play a crucial role in helping schools to overturn their disappointment and gain funding in the future.

The appeals process offers an opportunity for unsuccessful applicants to challenge the decision-making process and seek a review of the decision. However, it is important to note that the appeals panel will only consider appeals that are in line with the CIF’s criteria and objectives.

For more information on how to appeal a CIF bid, or to speak to us about your previous unsuccessful bid(s) and our free CIF audit service, please get in touch.

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