Apply for GWR’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund

30 Jun 2017

We are now entering Year 3 of our Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF).  We have £750,000 to award in grants and we are looking for bids for projects that will start in April 2018 and conclude by March 2019.

Applications can be made through a simple easy-to-follow online application form, supported by a guidance booklet.

You can review the booklet and apply for funding at from 1 July 2017 through to 31 August 2017 (though please don’t leave it to the last minute!)

Last year we had bids totalling well over £6million from groups and organisations across our network, so the fund is hotly contested, but we want as many ideas as possible and really hope that you have something to put forward, or that you know someone who might and can pass this notification on.

To be successful it is important to bear in mind that CCIF supports schemes and projects associated with the railway and of benefit to the communities we serve. The projects must also be supported by our customers, who form part of the group assessing the bids. The guidance booklet on the website sets out the type of applications we are seeking, and also gives some information on those we would find it harder to support. We want to encourage bids from all areas of our network.

Bids for schemes that require on going funding will need to show how this will be secured without access to further CCIF funds. Bids of this nature are unlikely to succeed if there is a risk that they will fail to be delivered after the first year.  We are keen to encourage all sorts of bids, some of the most successful are ones where the fund closes the gap where some funding has already been secured, or could be available from other sources.  That said, we want to see innovative and creative bids of all sorts, as long as they meet the basic criteria. 

Once bidding closes on 31 August, all bids will be fully reviewed by a shortlisting panel of customers, stakeholders and GWR’s Executive team. Schemes that are shortlisted will be visited to discuss proposals in more detail before final recommendations are put to the Department for Transport (DfT) for approval in the autumn.  

We have designed the guidance book and application form to answer as many questions as possible, but if you do have any queries or need more information please do contact Simon Buchanan-Morgan ( who leads for GWR on CCIF. He will be delighted to help.


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