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Community and business funding

Find out how HS2 community funding supports local environmental and economic improvements along its route.

HS2 has funded over 100 local projects

Community and business groups along the HS2 route have been awarded over £5million for projects since the funds began running since March 2017.

So far, 109 projects have shared £5,852,211. The money has gone towards a diverse range of projects such as; refurbishing village halls in Warwickshire, upgrading children’s play areas in Northamptonshire, providing community sports sessions in Euston, as well as bringing Quainton windmill in Buckinghamshire back to life. All awarded projects can be found on this map.

Awards have gone to projects in urban and rural areas, and values have ranged from £1,000 to £450,000 with the average award just over £50,000. The largest award to date has gone to Forestry England towards their multi-million pound redevelopment of Wendover Woods. The £450,000 award contributed to the build of a new café and toilets, which has provided a valuable facility for visitors accessing nature.

There have also been awards for smaller projects such as the Budding Explorers project, providing a play space for a primary school in Buckinghamshire to enable children to play in nature. Recent awards have included just under £9,000 for football sessions for 13-16 year olds in Alum Rock in Birmingham, and £10,000 for a project in Warwickshire which will build a sand martin bank at a local wildlife reserve to increase breading of sand martins.

Watch our playlist of video case studies to find out more about.

How communities benefit from HS2 community funds

Find out how these projects have benefited from HS2 community funding.

The funds

Two funds are available to local communities and businesses to help with the disruption that will be caused by the construction of Phase one of HS2 between London and the West Midlands; the Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF)

CEF and BLEF are not currently available for Phase 2 of HS2.

These funds are administered and managed by independent community charity, Groundwork UK. For more information on Groundwork and the funds, including how to apply, visit the dedicated website.

You can also watch our short videos which explain how to best demonstrate that your project meets the criteria for the Community, Environment or Business Funds.

View this map to find out which projects have been supported in the first round of funding from the  funds.

The HS2 Community and Environment Fund and HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund

Watch this video to learn more about the funds.

Opportunities for local businesses

HS2 are committed to opening up their supply chain to support and develop local and SME suppliers to deliver long-term social economic and environmental benefits.