Partners and funders

About the HS2 Community Fund

HS2 Community and Environment Fund logo

Two funds, with a combined total of £40million, are available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of HS2 between London and the West Midlands; the Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF). 

The independent administration of these funds is managed on behalf of HS2 Ltd by the charity Groundwork UK who will ensure both funds remain available for applications throughout the construction of Phase One. Read the Groundwork UK annual review.

Community and business groups interested in applying for the fund can find out more at 

Thriving Communities Grant

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We are grateful for an additional grant supporting this project in its first year from Thriving Communities.

Volunteers are at the heart of our work, not only do they provide invaluable support for our day to day operations but bring a range of skills and life experiences that enrich our work.

The Thriving Communities Grant will enable us to further develop our volunteer programme and provide training opportunities for our growing volunteer base. This will include volunteers to support community workshops, conservation volunteers, oral history volunteers and volunteers to support both the Heritage Centre and the pop-up museum.

About the Thriving Communities Fund

As part of our Bigger, Better, Bolder Corporate Strategy to 2020, the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust is committed to providing high quality housing, improving the quality of life for our residents and creating thriving communities.  We set up a grant funding vehicle called ‘Thriving Communities Fund’, to provide financial support for our residents (Springboard grants) and also voluntary and community organisations operating within Aylesbury Vale (Community grants), in support of our charitable objectives.

The Association of Independent Museums and the National Lottery Heritage Fund

AiM and NLHF are supporting the Finmere Show project with their New Stories New Audiences Grant. This project will capture the incredible community history of the Finmere Show that raised funding for over 40 years enabling the Paralympic Games to develop. Working across three rural communities (Finmere, Westbury and Tingwick), a Paralympian, disabled artist and Finmere school pupils. Project participants will research, record oral histories and co-curate an exhibition celebrating a forgotten event responsible for the Paralympic Games. In doing so participants will have their attitudes towards disability challenged and learn how small communities can literally change the world.