Apply for funding
Before applying, we recommend that all applicants please read the CEF Guidance Notes, FAQs, view sample application forms and read the application Help Notes for more detail about the Fund and project eligibility.
You can find all this information below:
Take the eligibility quiz
The next step is to take this short quiz will check that your project meets the basic requirements to be eligible for funding.
If your project meets the criteria you will be given a link to the application form.
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 and Phase 2b in North Warwickshire, there may be a requirement for you to defer the submission of your application or for us to defer the outcome of your application if you have already submitted. This is until the construction impacts of Phase 2b are better defined. Please contact Groundwork if you wish to discuss further.
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.