Community Fund

EMR's Community Fund aims to support communities and organisations along the EMR routes that we serve. The EMR Community Fund is designed to inspire projects and make a difference to those that need it the most.

Who can apply?

The EMR Community Fund is open to: Community Rail Partnerships, Station Adoption groups, Charities, Community Interest Companies, Schools, Youth organisations, Sports clubs. If your type of organisation isn’t listed above but feel that we could support you please email [email protected] to discuss further.

Types of projects supported

We are open to applications from the specified groups, so long as they meet the following criteria:

All projects must achieve at least one, or more, in each of:

  • DfT’s Community Rail Development Strategy Key Pillars
    • Providing a voice for the community
    • Promoting sustainable, healthy and accessible travel
    • ​Bringing communities together and supporting diversity and inclusion
    • Supporting social and economic development
  • UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

How does it work?

The EMR Community Fund is available to apply to throughout the year. If you feel that your project fits the criteria set out in our ‘EMR Community Fund Scheme Conditions’, complete ‘EMR Community Fund Application Form Annex A’ and email it to [email protected]. Your funding application form will then be assessed, with a response expected within 28 days.

Download EMR Community Fund Application Form (Annex A).

Download EMR Community Fund Post Project Evaluation Form (Annex B).

View EMR Community Fund Scheme conditions.

Projects we've supported

Learn more about the projects we've supported by watching our videos.

Working with Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service, the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership created a rail travel training plan for KS3 children at Alderwasley School, forming part of the school’s Pathways Life Skills Programme. This project is now being developed so that it can support more young people across Derbyshire.

A project undertaken by the Poacher Line CRP to help tackle a graffiti issue on the railway bridge at Netherfield. Working with multiple organisations and the local community a beautiful mural was created by a professional artist, Lionel Stanhope, for all to enjoy.

Working with Bolsover Sports Development Team and the Community Safety Team, the Robin Hood Line Community Rail Partnership have included railway safety talks alongside the delivery of multi sports activities. This is to address the anti social behaviour along the line.

A collaborative project led by North Notts & Lincs CRP to enhance platform 6 (disused platform) at Lincoln station. Six pieces of art were created by Lincoln based schools and a local artist, Mel Langton. Working with schools provides an opportunity for the students to better appreciate their city and be proud of their work on public display.

The Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership created a concept for a decorative metal archway at Duffield station. This opportunity was delivered by Engineered Training who offer accredited training programmes for vulnerable young people in Derbyshire, providing them with employment skills in a workplace environment.

Derwent valley Line Community Rail Partnership supported a Derbyshire County Council initiative to improve public transport, local business and tourism information in Belper and Matlock. In both locations interactive digital display totems have been installed which will provide useful information for visitors and the local community.