The Community and Environment Fund aims to add benefit over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of phase one of HS2 from London to Birmingham.
The funding is only for community and environmental projects.
Two levels of CEF funding are available:
- CEF Local – Grants of up to £75,000 for projects which benefit quality of life in individual communities.
- CEF Strategic – Grants of between £75,001 and £1 million for projects which will benefit multiple communities along the Phase One route and create a legacy.
A total fund of £40 million is available through the CEF and BLEF over 11 years