East Midlands Railway invites bids for its £200,000 Community Fund

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Community groups working near an EMR station. Image: EMR
Community groups working near an EMR station. Image: EMR

East Midlands Railway (EMR) has invited local groups to bid for funding as it launched its new £200,000 Community Fund. 

The fund 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 train operator has opened applications for bidding on the funding pot to any schools, youth groups, charities, sports clubs, community rail partnerships, station adoption groups, not-for-profits, and groups such as Beavers or Guides.

The grants aim to provide a voice for the community, promote sustainable and accessible travel, to bring communities together and support diversity and inclusion as well as to support social and economic development.

To qualify, the group or organisation must operate within 15km of an EMR station and successfully meet the requirements of funding set out by EMR (to be any of those previously stated establishments). 

Kaye Robinson, community engagement manager at East Midlands Railway, said: “The Community Fund is a great opportunity for worthwhile projects across our region to apply for much needed support. 

“If your charity, group or club is in need of support or have some worthwhile projects that need a financial helping hand – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”