Here you will find funding available from external bodies that have relevance to community rail projects.
If you are aware of other funding streams available that may be relevant to community rail, send us an email and we’ll feature it.
- Railway Heritage Trust: The objectives of the Railway Heritage Trust are to assist operational railway companies in the preservation and upkeep of listed buildings and structures; and to facilitate the transfer of non-operational premises and structures to outside bodies willing to undertake their preservation.
To be eligible for a grant, a project should concern the repair, conservation and restoration of a building or structure owned by, leased from, or to be sold by Network Rail or the Highways Agency Historical Railways Estate | find out more
- Postcode Community Trust: The Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 and focuses on initatives that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and wellbeing programmes which improve a community’s physical and mental health.
The next round of funding will now be available from August 15th – 28th 2017. Application forms will be available from this date. To find out more please visit the Applying for a Grant section of their website | find out more
- Customer and Communities Improvement Fund | Great Western Railway: GWR are supporting projects across our network that address an area of social need and benefit local communities.
GWR are now entering year three of their Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF). They have £750,000 to award in grants and are looking for bids for projects that will start in April 2018 and conclude by March 2019.
Applications can be made through a simple easy-to-follow online application form, supported by a guidance booklet.
- Funding Central: The National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) grant funding search engine for voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Over 4000 grants, contacts and loans for your projects | find out more
- UK Community Foundations: Community Foundations support local projects on a range of issues, such as poverty alleviation, emergency crisis response and youth engagement. The support they give to local communities ranges from supporting very small groups such as lunch clubs for the elderly to food banks, training for young people to get them into employment and support groups for people with mental health needs.
The network of accredited Community Foundations gives grants totalling over £65 million annually | find out more
- European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) | UK government: A range of regional funding for project including rural tourism infrastructure, business development and SME support | find out more
- Changemaker | Santander / Crowdfunder: The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper | find out more
- Heritage Lottery Fund: The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage. HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve | find out more
- Grants for the Arts | Arts Council England: Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring | find out more
- Reaching Communities England | Big Lottery Fund: Reaching Communities provides funding between £10,000-£500,000 for voluntary or community groups. The funding will enable you to use your local knowledge, strengths and resources to make positive changes in your community. The fund particularly want to hear about projects that support lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces, communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other, and projects that take action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage | find out more
- Smarter Choices Smarter Places Fund | Scotland: The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Programme is Paths for All’s grant scheme to support behaviour change initiatives to increase active and sustainable travel. The programme is funded through Transport Scotland (Sustainable Transport team) and aims to make walking and cycling a mode of choice for short local journeys in our towns, cities and villages. It also encourages other forms of sustainable choices such as public transport use and car share | find out more
- Stations Community Regeneration Fund: ScotRail and Transport Scotland are seeking applications for a £1.5million community fund, designed to breathe new life into old and disused railway station premises. The Stations Community Regeneration Fund enables business and community groups to transform redundant station rooms into facilities to benefit local people.
Any projects that will aid communities or rail passengers will be considered for grants of between £5,000 and £75,000. Bids may also be made for larger sums, dependent on in-depth feasibility studies. Grants can be used to contribute towards the costs of any structural repairs and to assist with the costs of fitting out station premises for their intended use | find out more