Community and business funding
HS2 has funded over 150 local projects
Community and business groups along the HS2 route for Phase One have been awarded over £9million for projects since the Funds opened for application in March 2017.
As of March 2021, 157 projects have shared £9.41million from the £40millon available. 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 been made in urban and rural areas, the current average funding award is £50,000 and values have ranged from small £1,000 allocations to larger allocations, for example £250,000 to The National Paralympic Heritage Trust for their project which will draw on the Paralympic values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality to capture, save, share and promote local and regional stories linked to the Paralympic movement which is a significantly important and unique national heritage.
There have also been awards for smaller projects such as £44,500 to Birmingham Civic society which will provide tree planting opportunities in locations within Birmingham. As well as just under £9,000 for football sessions for 13-16 year olds in Alum Rock in Birmingham, £73,887 for The Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE) project which aims to target 50 social enterprises, small businesses and third sector organisations 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.
Environmental projects funded will go towards realising HS2’s Green Corridor ambition.
Watch our playlist of video case studies to find out more.
How communities benefit from HS2 community 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).
There is £40million available for Phase One communities and businesses. Since the launch of the Funds in March 2017 there has been an overwhelmingly positive uptake of the funding from Phase One communities. It’s important to us that all communities along the Phase One line of route receive a fair share of funding. To help with this, the Phase One local authority areas which have received less than the average level of CEF and BLEF funding, will now, as of March 2021, be actively prioritised. For more information on our priority areas please visit the Groundwork UK website.
In addition, a further £5million has been made available for Phase 2a communities and businesses. Applications opened for the Phase 2a funding on 1st April 2021.
The website and all guidance documents have now been updated so that they are applicable for both Phase One and Phase 2a communities. As the Funds have only just opened for application for Phase 2a we recommend that potential applicants review the current Phase One projects as examples.
There is also a £2million Biodiversity Investment Fund (BIF) available for Phase 2a communities, learn more about these funds.
These Funds, for both Phase One and Phase 2a are administered and managed by independent community charity, Groundwork UK. For more information on Groundwork UK 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 Funds have been designed with all three Phases in mind. An announcement about future CEF & BLEF funding for Phase 2b communities and businesses will be made at the appropriate time and in collaboration with the Minister and the Department for Transport.