Learn Stories from Buckinghamshire Project Partners and Funders Partners and funders About the HS2 Community Fund 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 www.hs2funds.org.uk Thriving Communities Grant 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.