The Community and Environment Fund (CEF) has been created to add benefit to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2 from London to West Midlands.
There are two types of CEF funding:
CEF Local will focus on quality of life and environment in individual communities.
CEF Strategic 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.
Who can apply for funding?
Primarily this funding programme is targeted at the voluntary/community sector, including resident’s associations, constituted community groups, Community Interest Companies (CICs), social enterprises, community businesses and registered charities.
Other organisations may be eligible to apply for funding too eg if they have been formally established for public benefit and are not for profit. More information on eligible organisations is included in the guidance document.
We will not directly fund individuals, limited liability partnerships, private sector company/business or any organisation that cannot demonstrate appropriate governance.
Examples of CEF projects
The below examples are purely illustrative and we welcome applications for any projects that will enhance the quality of life and the environment of communities disrupted by the construction of HS2.
Improved pedestrian, equestrian, or cycle access not provided under statutory services;
Landscape and nature conservation enhancement projects which increase biodiversity (including pop up interventions such as skip gardens);
Enhancement or replacement of sports and recreational facilities;
Improved access and enhancements to public open space;
Provision of enhanced or new community facilities; and
Refurbishment/re-use of historic buildings and monuments.
The administration of these funds is managed on behalf of HS2 Ltd by the charity Groundwork who will ensure both funds remain available for applications throughout the construction of Phase One.
For more information, please visit: https://hs2funds.org.uk/home/community-environment-fund/
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