Funding available through Community Rail Network
Community Rail Network administers a number of grant schemes, on behalf of national and regional government and some train operators. Each is only open to certain Community Rail Network members, according to specific criteria applying to each fund.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you need advice on applying for these opportunities.
Community Rail Development Fund (CRDF)
The 2023-24 round of the Community Rail Development Fund is now open for applications.
Community rail partnerships in England and Wales that are accredited by the Department for Transport can apply to this funding scheme, which Community Rail Network administers on behalf of the DfT. It is intended to support projects and activities set out in CRPs’ annual plans. The maximum grant for projects in this funding period is £25,000.
Small Grants Fund (England)
The 2023-24 round of the Small Grants Fund (England) is now open for applications.
Community Rail Network members in England can apply for small grants (up to £2,500 for CRPs and community station members or £1,000 for station friends, adopters and small groups) through this scheme, which Community Rail Network administers on behalf of the Department for Transport.
Please note: all accredited CRPs in England and Wales should apply to the Community Rail Development Fund in the first instance, even if it is only a small grant that you require.
Integrated sustainable transport in community rail fund
The 2023/24 ‘Integrated sustainable transport in community rail grant fund’ has now closed for applications. Supported by the DfT, this grant scheme is to help fund community rail initiatives that aim to improve and develop integrated sustainable transport.
Details about future funding opportunities will be shared as soon as we can.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Small Grants Fund
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is providing funding and wider support to community groups who want to improve Greater Manchester’s rail stations. They have made a funding pot available for project bids from Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) and Friends Groups. CRPs and Community Stations can bid for up to £1,500. Friends Groups can bid for up to £500.
Bids will be assessed on their benefit to local communities. We are looking for evidence-based submissions on what the project is hoping to achieve. This could be, for example:
- Greater local engagement
- Reduced crime
- Improved recycling rates
(Note: projects should not be primarily aimed at increasing rail patronage).
There is no limit on the amount of bids each CRP or Friends Groups can make. All bids must be submitted on the form below and emailed to email@example.com and will be assessed by TfGM and Community Rail Network, and, where appropriate, Network Rail. Where appropriate submissions will be shared with Network Rail and train operators to a) seek relevant approvals and b) seek additional or match funding. Once a request has been approved funds will be distribute via Community Rail Network.
TfGM are also keen to help applicants with their projects and will also be happy to provide communications support, for example writing press releases or profiling your project on social media.
TfGM’s rail officers also keen to help you plan your project and also, where necessary, liaise with Network Rail and the train operators. TfGM may also be able to provide volunteer support. This will be measured as a funding contribution of £15 per hour. Community involvement in rail stations is hugely important and is highly valued by TfGM. It is a key part of their plan to transform rail stations into community hubs that provide access to a range of essential services.
South Western Railway (SWR) Station Adoption Fund
SWR funding allows for the provision of a Small Grants Scheme to station adoption groups in it region, to enable its member organisations to undertake small projects that would otherwise fall through the funding net, or to part-fund bigger ones.