Following Royal Assent, the £40 million HS2 Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) will be available during the construction and the first year of operation of the high speed rail link between London and the West Midlands over the next 11 years.
The two Funds available which were originally announced in October 2014 are:
- The Community and Environment Fund (CEF) will provide benefits to local communities demonstrably disrupted by the construction of HS2;
- and the Business and Local Economy Fund will support and promote local economies that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of HS2.
Application guidance information for interested organisations is available online from today at https://www.groundwork.org.uk/national-grants/grants_hs2-funds/