Additional HS2 funding available for community projects

Monday, 19th March 2018 4:33 pm

Two types of funding are available to local communities to help with the disruption that has been and will be caused by the construction of Phase One of the high-speed railway High Speed Two (HS2); the Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF).

This railway is aimed to be the backbone of the national rail network, linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester.

Applications for all manner of CEF projects are welcome but some examples that our customers and followers will be particularly interested in are; ‘Enhancement or replacement of sports and recreational facilities’ and ‘Provision of enhanced or new community facilities’.

These funds are intended to add benefit and compensation to communities and local businesses/economies along parts of the HS2 route that have clearly been disrupted by the construction work.

Groundwork is the independent administrator of these funds and has recently undertaken a review of the first year of the programme. They revealed that so far, £245,000 has been awarded to six projects, with grants totaling £746,000 pending approval. There are over 300 applications currently being processed from projects situated along the route line of HS2 Phase One.

You can apply for funding via the dedicated Groundwork UK website.

Don’t forget to request a copy of the Playdale Funding Guide too, for essential tips and advice about applying for playground funding!

Good luck!