GWR launches Somerset community fund

Great Western Railway has launched an extention to its Customer and Community Improvement Fund. Last year a total of 83 projects in the Somerset and Bristol area were given grants totalling £1m. As part of its contract with the Department for Transport, GWR is committed to supporting communities. It offers grants to support work at schools, colleges, councils, community and other not-for-profit organisations.

Last year A grant of £35,000 was given to Somerset Crimestoppers. Working with over 450 schoolchildren a series of drama-based workshops explored the anonymous reporting of crime. Especially the importance of early intervention to prevent grooming for gang crime. The children also explored the issues of the railway network and county lines. The funds enabled pupils to give stage performances showing off what they had learned, as well as a thought-provoking video.

GWR is now inviting bids for 2023-24. Schemes should show a link to the railway and address an area of social need or provide a community benefit. Projects should be completed by the end of February 2024.

Applications can be made here:

All proposals must be submitted by Thursday 25 May.

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