HS2 Community and Business Funds
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CHECKLIST IS NOT AN APPLICATION
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You need to complete this online eligibility checklist before you can access the BLEF application form; a link to which will be provided at the end if you are eligible.
Please read the Business and Local Economy Fund guidance document and FAQs before proceeding.
If you have any questions or queries when completing the eligibility check, please contact Groundwork UK on 0121 237 5880.
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Section 3 of our Guidance sets out which organisations are eligible to apply to the Fund. They must be:
Set up as not for profit
Set up for public benefit
Established with at least one objective which is focused on the development of local business/tourism
If your organisation is not set up for public benefit, is not for profit and does not have an objective to support local businesses, you are not eligible to apply. For more information about eligibility please see section 3 of the BLEF guidance document.
If you are not a statutory body, your organisation must have the following:
If your organisation does not meet our governance and management requirements then you are not eligible to receive public funding. These requirements are designed to safeguard any investment we make.
Can you evidence the demonstrable disruption caused by the construction of Phase One or Phase 2a of HS2 on local business / economic activity?Before answering this question, please review the Environmental Statement (ES) relevant to your area to determine when construction works will be taking place and therefore when to make your application. You can find links to the ES and some other useful resources below. Phase One Environmental Statement; https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement-documentsPhase One Additional Provisions; https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/additional-provisions-for-the-high-speed-rail-london-to-west-midlands-billPhase 2a Environmental Statement; https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-phase-2a-environmental-statementPhase 2a Additional provisions; https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-phase-2a-additional-provision-and-supplementary-environmental-statement-and-march-2018There may also be additional information on what work is happening in your area on the HS2 Common Place website which can be found here https://hs2.commonplace.is/An interactive map which shows what current and upcoming works are being carried out can be found here https://www.hs2.org.uk/in-your-area/map/
This funding programme is aimed at benefiting areas disrupted by the construction of Phase One and Phase 2a of HS2. If you cannot demonstrate the disruption caused by the construction of Phase One or Phase 2a of HS2 on local business/economic activity or the project is not based in one of the defined target areas, then you are not eligible for funding through this programme. If you are located near to a depot or related work site that is not based in one of the specified areas, please call Groundwork on 0121 237 5880 to discuss.
Phase 1: Greater London
Phase 1: Central Area (Buckinghamshire | Hertfordshire | Northamptonshire | Oxfordshire | Staffordshire | Warwickshire)
Phase 1: West Midlands Area (Birmingham | Coventry | Solihull)
Phase 2a: West Midlands to Crewe (Cheshire East | Staffordshire)
Important notice for applications from the Langley/Iver/Richings Park area
The then Minister for HS2, confirmed in May 2018 that the proposed Heathrow Express (“HEX”) rolling stock depot facility at Langley no longer needs to be built. This means that the impacts associated with building and operating the depot, as described in the relevant parts of the Environmental Statement, will no longer arise. As a consequence, CEF or BLEF applications which rely on the disruption caused by construction or operation of the depot will no longer satisfy the relevant criterion and will not be successful. We therefore recommend that you do not submit applications from these areas. However, any applications from these areas which had already been approved for funding prior to the announcement, will continue to be honoured.
Powers to construct the Langley depot were obtained under the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017, as the depot had been planned to replace the existing facility at Old Oak Common in order to make way for the new High Speed 2 station there. However, alternative arrangements have now been agreed whereby HEX services will instead be provided by First Group, who will use existing depot facilities in Reading. This means that the Langley depot is no longer needed.
see section 9 of the BLEF guidance document and section 7 of the FAQs for further information
If you are applying for capital funding your organisation must either own the freehold or have a lease of sufficient length in line with section 9 of the BLEF guidance document and section 7 of the FAQs. If you do not own the land/facility or have a lease then you are not eligible to apply for funding through this programme.
Sorry, if you have answered yes to any of these costs, your project is not eligible for funding through this programme.
Based on the responses you have provided, your organisation and project appears to be eligible.
You can now begin the full application process. Click the Apply Now button below - this will also send you a confirmation email including the application link
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Thank you for your interest in the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund, and we wish you success in making a full application.
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