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Other rail specific funding

Most train operators now have their own funding for community rail. Some of this is done through providing core funding for community rail partnerships, however many also operate schemes in to which you can bid. If you don’t already know what funds your train operator provides then get in touch with their community rail, communities or stakeholder manager.

Network Rail

Network Rail do not provide specific funding for community rail projects, although they will often be a key partner in any projects involving their property. However, all of their staff have volunteer hours they can dedicate to projects over the year.

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The Railway Heritage Trust

The Railway Heritage Trust can provide grants and advice on the repair, conservation and restoration of certain buildings that are owned by, leased from or to be sold by Network Rail or the Highways England Historical Railways Estate. Do make sure you check the criteria carefully though and they’re always happy to talk through your project.

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