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The Community and Environment Fund

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.

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.

Note: We want to assure potential applicants that rigorous management of the funding available will ensure that money is available throughout the construction of Phase One, and there will be no advantages of submitting early or disadvantages of submitting them later during the construction period.

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.

Please note: For projects located near the interface between Phase One, Phase 2a  and Phase 2b in North Warwickshire, we ask applicants to check the published environmental statements in order to ensure that your project will not be impacted by the construction of Phase 2a or 2b. The relevant documents can be found below. 

Phase 2a Environmental Statement

Phase 2a Equality Impact Assessment

Phase 2b Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES)

Phase 2b Working Draft Equality Impact Assessment (WDEqIA)

Funds are currently only open for areas disrupted by Phase 1 of HS2 and so the Phase 2a and 2b environmental statements should not be used to evidence disruption in your application.

Alternative and Accessible Formats

If you experience or anticipate any barriers with our application process, require help to make an application, or accessing our services and information, please contact us to discuss the type of support we can provide.

More information:

HS2 Community Funds - 2019 Independent Panel dates

Find out when chosen projects will be decided

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Application Process Flowcharts

Find out more about the application process for CEF and BLEF funding.

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Community fund FAQs

This section answers Frequently Asked Questions about applying for the HS2 Community & Environment Fund.

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Community Fund guidance

Get more detailed information about the Community & Environment Fund.

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Project Toolkit

Groundwork has created a step by step guide to making your project a reality.

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