Groundwork is working with High Speed Two (HS2) to deliver HS2 Community and Business Funds to help with the disruption that will be caused by the construction.


About the Community & Environment Fund and Business & Local Economy Fund  

In October 2014, Government announced two funding programmes to offset the disruption of HS2 on local communities – the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) and the Community and Environment Fund (CEF).

Both Funds have been created to add benefit to communities and support local economies along the route.

A combined total of £40m has been made available for these two funds for the London to the West Midlands route over the period of construction and the first year of operation. Both Funds (CEF and BLEF) will allocate awards from the same £40 million funding pot and so the amounts allocated for each fund will depend of the number and quality of applications.

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