3 Reasons To Outsource Your Condition Improvement Fund Applications

The Condition Improvement Funds core priority is to support condition projects and the focus of the fund is to keep academy and sixth-form college buildings safe and in good working order. Most CIF funding aims to address issues with significant consequences that revenue or Devolved Formula Capital (DFC) funding cannot meet. These include issues with poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency or health and safety.

1. You Need Expert Condition Improvement Fund Guidance

Specialist and experienced professional advisors in Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) applications will provide you with expert guidance and support throughout the whole process, saving you time, effort and hassle, plus it should not cost the school a penny!

At ICS, we provide our services on a ‘no win no fee basis’, on the understanding that we are engaged to manage any of the successful projects for the school. The professional fees are transparently built into the applications and approved by the ESFA.

ICS is proud to have helped secure IRO £60Million for schools, so always check that your advisors have a successful track record in CIF applications.

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2. To Ensure Planning Is Conducted The Right Way

Professional advisors will check issues of eligibility and make visits to your school to discuss any problems being experienced and appraise any potential projects that will justify an application to CIF. Advisors will then work closely with you to plan in further investigations, inspections, surveys, feasibility studies and an evidence gathering exercise. The application will then be written and compiled for your approval prior to submission.

The Fund is only open for approximately 7 weeks, so time is of the essence and a specialist professional advisor such as ICS will help ensure that you meet the mid December deadline.

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3. Professional Support Will Boost Your Chances Of Success

Each application is critically scored and has a high success benchmark, so requires the compilation of technical information that is relevant to the identified project. It needs to be clearly focused on the building issue and must not include irrelevant detail about the school history, ethos or attainment records. Essentially this must be a professional submission based on an accurate project summary, supported by planning consent, sound evidence gathered from inspections, surveys, photographic images, feasibility studies, analysis of previous studies or surveys and even a fully costed business plan, should the project be of high value. Construction project delivery plans and risk assessments must also be included.

All applications need to demonstrate ‘value for money’ so a professional advisor will undertake a pre-application tendering exercise on your behalf and will obtain ‘like for like’ prices from a minimum of 3 different contractors before agreeing the best price.

ICS has carefully developed a nationwide panel of chartered surveying specialists who have excellent success rates with Condition Improvement Fund applications, so we can give your applications the very best possible chances of success.

For more information on how we can help, contact us today on 01623 821587 or email info@ics-funding.co.uk

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