Are you looking for funding for a community environmental project, especially one focussing on habitats, species, reducing carbon emissions etc? Are you within 10miles of a Transpennine Express train route or station? Here is a quick heads up for ‘Transform Grants’ – the Transpennine Express Community and Environmental Grants. These come around every year it seems and always have a very short window for applications. They can grant up to £5,000 for a stand alone project. You have to get your skates on though it either closes 30th Aug or 27th Sept, depending how you read their guidance! (The website headlines imply deadline up to 27th Sept. but the guidance doc when you get into it says midnight on 30th August!) Also, welcome to the video age! Shortlisted projects must prepare a 30sec video pitch for the final selection process.
Some of the key guidelines lifted from the guidance doc:
To be eligible to apply for a Transform grant, organisations must be a: • Charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) • Community Interest Company (CIC) registered in the UK with the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies • Community Rail Partnership(CRP) • School, Parent/Teacherassociation or educational establishment.
To be eligible to apply for a Transform grant, proposed projects must be: • Located within 10 miles of any line of route served by TransPennine Express train services. A map of our network and services can be found on page 6 • New activity, above and beyond the day to day operations of the organisation. Grants cannot be utilised to cover or contribute to overheads/running costs (e.g. rent, transport) or act as a contribution to existing/larger projects. • Completed no later than 31st March 2021.
Unfortunately, we are unable to support any projects or organisation which: • Are associated with or promote a specific political party, or demonstrate a political bias • Are associated with or promote a specific religion or requires beneficiaries to be of a specific faith, convert to that faith or accept information or teaching about that faith as a condition of taking part in or benefitting from programmes and or services. • Could be deemed to have a controversial or negative impact on the reputation of FirstGroup PLC or TransPennineExpress.