Invitation to apply for SWR’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund

We are delighted to be inviting bids for the first round of our Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF).  There is £5.3 million available, with £100k specifically for the Isle of Wight, to support projects that support our communities, address areas of social need all the time showing a link to the SWR network

 Applications can be made through an easy to follow application form, supported by a guidance booklet available on our website https://southwesternrailway.com/ccif

 As this is our first round of funding for the main network, and second round for the Isle of Wight, we anticipate that the fund will be hotly contested but we want to hear of as many ideas as possible.  We really hope you have something to put forward and please do tell your friends and contacts about CCIF too.

 The guidance booklet sets out the types of applications we are seeking, as well as giving some information on those ideas we would find difficult to support.  Funding is only initially guaranteed for the 2020/2021 and 2021/22 financial years, so bids for schemes that require on-going funding will need show how this can be secured without access to further CCIF funding.

 We want to encourage a variety of bids for projects of all shapes and sizes in the communities served by SWR.  They must however demonstrate a link to the railway, although that need not necessarily be at a station as we know many communities without a railway station still benefit from the railway.  Any scheme that requires CCIF funding to close a gap where existing funding has already been secured are particularly welcomed.

 Once bidding closes on 6th September 2019, each application will be assessed by a panel including representatives of Transport Focus, London Travelwatch and our Customer Panel.  Their shortlist will then be reviewed by my Executive team, before a final list of recommended schemes is put to the Department for Transport for their final approval by the end of December 2019.

 We have designed the guidance book and application form to answer as many questions as possible, but if you do have any queries or need more information please contact our CCIF manager Mark Youngman on ccif@swrailway.com .  He will be happy to talk about any suggestions and to answer any questions you may have

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