HS2 announces Community and Environment Fund

HS2 in conjunction with the Department for Transport and Groundwork has just announced £40m in funding to help projects aimed at minimising the disruption to local communities arising from phase one HS2 construction.

There is an existing Business & Local Economy Fund (aimed specifically at the for-profit business sector). This latest announcement confirms the establishment of a Community and Environment Fund (CEF) aimed specifically at “the voluntary/community sector, including resident’s associations, constituted community groups, Community Interest Companies (CICs), social enterprises, community businesses and registered charities.”

There will be two types of CEF grant: CEF Local (smaller projects with grants up to a maximum of £75,000) will focus on quality of life and environment in individual communities; CEF Strategic (grants from £75,000 up to a maximum of £1m) will focus on large projects across several communities and address strategic rather than purely local concerns. Wherever possible, the CEF fund aims to leave a sustainable legacy.

All applications must be submitted through the online application system accessed through the eligibility quiz.

Full information, guidance and link to eligibility quiz.

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