CIF 2023/23 - Appeals

Following the recent announcement regarding The Department for Education’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) bids for 2023/24, a number of schools may be keen to appeal the decision. The window for appeals closes this year on 13th June 2023.

Schools that were unsuccessful in their bid for funding will have received feedback – providing an opportunity to assess where they may have gone wrong in the bid process.

This is a process with which Lea Hough’s team of specialist School Building Consultants can also help. We are happy to speak to academy schools we have not worked with previously, reviewing the feedback provided and advising on potential areas in which the bid could be improved by way of a free CIF funding audit. In the majority of cases, we will then carry on to work with the school when the next funding round opens, putting the suggested measures in place to submit an improved bid with a higher likelihood of gaining funding.

Where there has been a fundamental error in the way the bid has been assessed, it may also be possible to follow the CIF appeals process. The window to appeal the result of the bidding round will open in September. 

Our team have a strong track record of success and have worked with a number of academy schools who had previously failed in their attempts to achieve CIF funding. For example, we worked with The Pennine Trust, a small multi academy trust in Lancashire, helping them to achieve CIF funding for 8 projects across their academy schools. The trust had previously failed in their attempt to win CIF funding.

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.

Preston Office
Telephone: 01772 458866
Blackburn Office
Telephone: 01254 260196
Clitheroe Office
Telephone: 01200 320040
Lancaster Office
Telephone: 01524 899850
Manchester Office
Telephone: 0161 265 0070
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