Apply for South Western Railway’s Community Improvement Fund

South Western Railway (SWR) is inviting applications for the next round of its Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF).

CCIF supports small and medium-sized projects with a community benefit or that address an area of social need somewhere on the SWR network, which serves Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey and Wiltshire.

Since the launch of the first round of CCIF in 2018, SWR has awarded more than £7m in funding to a wide range of projects. These projected included: a new cycle hub at Hinchley Wood Station to promote sustainable onward travel; funding for Guide Dogs to support people with sight loss; and a safe space outside Richmond Station on weekend nights in partnership with the British Transport Police and others.

The new funding round for 2024-25 has now opened, with applications judged on criteria including:

  • Addressing community or social need
  • Demonstration of benefits
  • Deliverability against cost and timescales
  • Alignment with our charitable giving policy
  • Links to the railway

Applications must be submitted by Sunday 31 December 2023 and all proposed projects must be completed by 31 March 2025.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the SWR website.