Deadline for SWR’s £5.3m community fund is fast approaching

Organisations are being encouraged to apply for projects to be funded by South Western Railway’s (SWR) £5.3m Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) as the deadline for applications closes on Friday, 6 September 2019.

SWR is looking for projects based on its railway network to make a positive difference to people’s lives. No matter how big or small, successful bids can include a wide range of schemes and activities, from outreach projects helping to open rail travel to diverse communities, educational campaigns, cycle schemes, through to full-scale building and refurbishment projects.

CCIF runs every two years until 2024. SWR is making £5.3m available for projects in this current period, which includes £100,000 designated for the Isle of Wight, and is keen to hear ideas from local authorities, rail user groups, charities, and other similar organisations.

More information can be found on the dedicated CCIF web-page at

If you need help or advice on an application you can contact Mark Youngman, CCIF Manager, at

Mark Youngman said: “We’re pleased by the quality of applications to the CCIF programme, and excited by the innovative ideas we’ve received. They capture the essence of what the programme is about: making a positive difference to communities on our network.

“There’s still time left before we close the application process, so the message for anyone who hasn’t submitted their bid is drop us a line about your idea, don’t wait until it is too late.”