HS2 Community and Environment Fund
Fri 7 Jun 2019
What is the Community and Environment Fund (CEF)?
The CEF fund has been created to add benefit over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2 from London to West Midlands. In Lichfield District this will include:
- Drayton Bassett
- Swinfen and Packington
- Lichfield City
- Fradley and Streethay
- Kings Bromley
- Armitage and Handsacre
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.
A combined total of £40 million has been made available for these two funds over a period of 11 years throughout the Phase One construction period and for the first year of operation of HS2 services. CEF Local will fund smaller projects (up to a maximum of £75,000 per project) which will benefit quality of life for individual communities. CEF Strategic will fund larger grants (from £75,001 up to a maximum of £1 million per project) and will provide a legacy by supporting projects which benefit multiple communities along the Phase One route.
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 attached to this article.
They 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.
These 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.
As always, if you need any help or advice regarding funding, please contact Mitchell Payne via email email@example.com or call 01543 303030.