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19 May 2020

Southeastern launches £400,000 community rail fund

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  • Southeastern invites local groups and community organisations to bid for grant funding for community rail activities
  • A total of £400,000 is available over 2 years to 2022
  • Deadline for submissions is Friday 19 June 2020

Southeastern has launched a £400,000 fund for community rail projects and is inviting proposals from existing Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) and other local organisations. 

Interested parties are invited to submit bids for a share of £400,000 in funding over a two-year period. A total of £200,000 in grants will be paid in the first year (ending 31 March 2021) and a further £200,000 is available in Year 2 (ending 31 March 2022).

As well as established CRPs, Southeastern is also inviting councils, community groups and other local organisations to submit proposals, on the basis they commit to formally establishing a Community Rail Partnership by April 2021.

Proposed schemes should promote sustainable travel, bring together local communities and promote social wellbeing and economic development. 

This request for proposals has been developed with Community Rail Network; the national organisation that accredits new CRPs and provides oversight and support for community rail across Britain.

Chris Vinson, Senior External Communications Manager at Southeastern, said:

"We're currently asking our passengers to avoid travelling by train unless they have no alternative. But we're also planning ahead for a time when we're able to get back to normal. We hope this funding will be a great help for the communities we serve across our network in Kent, East Sussex and South East London."


Contact information

Emma Owen

Notes to editors

  • £400,000 funding for Community Rail activity was agreed between Southeastern and the Department for Transport as part of the new Direct Award Contract announced on 30 March 2020.
  • The new contract commenced on 1 April 2020 and will run until 16 October 2021, with the option to extend at the Department for Transport’s discretion until 31 March 2022. 
  • Potential bidders are encouraged to read the guidance document attached before submitting their proposals.
  • Proposals should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 19th June to
  • Bidders will be informed whether they've been successful by the end of June 2020, and funding amounts for Year 1 will be paid by the end of July 2020.


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