Through our fund, we support projects across our network that address an area of social need and benefit local communities.
Bidding for 2019/20 Financial Year now open
We are now welcoming bids to the next year of our Customer & Communities Improvement Fund
CCIF is about providing funding support to projects which provide benefits to the communities served by the GWR network
Guidance about CCIF, eligibility, and the bidding process can be found here
Once you have a Project in mind, we encourage you to prepare and submit your bid online here by 31 October 2018
How it works
Funding of £750k is expected to be made available by GWR in the 2019/20 year for allocation against suitable schemes
All proposals will be presented to a panel of representatives from across the route and our executive management team. Their recommendations will be presented to the Department for Transport for final approval.
Once a final list has been agreed, we send it to the Department for Transport, who make the final decision and grant approval.
We received bids for over £8m in funding, and successful schemes included travel plans for Bourne End and Marlow stations, an employability course for young people across South West Wales, and a new waiting shelter at Tackley station.
Dame Hannah Rogers Trust
The Trust provides work experience opportunities and accessible transport for children and adults with disabilities in Devon.
Our grant helped fund two part-time job coaches, and a wheelchair accessible minibus to connect the Trust’s campus to the railway.
Funding has been provided to 26 projects. These cover a wide range of schemes, spread across our network to benefit as many communities as we can.
Examples include illuminated timetable boards at selected stations on the Avocet line, repairs to the access road at St Germans station, a development and employability programme for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in Swindon, refurbishment of the public toilets in Kintbury, and a new Community Rail Partnership for the North Downs line.
In our third year, funding has been provided to 34 projects. We continue to support a range of projects in communities, as well as supporting community-led initiatives at our stations.
Examples include working to improve walking routes linking stations of all sizes to the areas they serve, partnership work to improve security and offer customers extra peace of mind, research to understand opportunities for improved interchange facilities, supporting work to rehabilitate and prevent offending through mentoring, and projects to regenerate and restore a station building at Saltash into a valued community hub and gateway to Cornwall.