- Train Operator launches first of its kind £280,000 funding pot
- Schools, youth groups, charities and sports clubs all qualify
- Community rail partnerships and station adoption groups also able to bid for cash
East Midlands Railway (EMR) has invited community groups to bid for funding after it launched its new £280,000 Community Fund.
The unique scheme aims to support communities and organisations along the routes that EMR serve and is designed to inspire projects that make a difference to those that need it the most.
The fund, which is the first of its kind for the railway industry in the East Midlands, is available to community rail partnerships, station adoption groups, charities, community interest companies, schools, youth organisations and sports clubs.
To qualify the group or organisation must operate within 15km of a EMR station and successfully meet the requirements of funding set out by EMR.
The Netherfield Bridge Art Project is a good example of one scheme which EMR has supported. Please see a video here which explains how the project enabled collaboration between multiple organisations, and the local community, to create a beautiful mural for all to enjoy.
Will Rogers, Managing Director for East Midlands Railway, said: “We are delighted to be able to launch this new and unique funding scheme.
“We know there are many positive projects and groups that make a difference in the communities we serve and we are looking forward to hearing from them to understand how we can help make their plans become a reality.”
For more information about the fund, including how to apply for funding please visit: https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/community-fund