The GWR Customer & Community Improvement Fund opens shortly after Easter. GWR will post the online application form on our website as soon as the fund opens, along with some frequently asked questions and guidance information. Once open bidders have until midnight on Thursday 24th May 2023 to get your application in. They are particularly interested in bids that show a tangible benefit to the community with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity, engagement and education, environmental benefit and increasing rail travel. The fund can be used to help close the gap on projects where some existing funding has been secured or could be available from other sources. However, each proposal will be treated on its own merits and consideration of the benefit it would bring to the community, and they will happily fund projects without any match funding.
There are no hard and fast rules; GWR want to encourage bids of all shapes and sizes, though to be fair, as the funding needs to cover the whole network they are particularly keen on small and medium projects. This could include phased projects, for instance a bid for a feasibility study or some research, to support a larger project. There must be a link to the railway in every project.
For more information and to discuss any ideas you have ahead of the fund officially opening use our dedicated email address Community.Fund@GWR.com.