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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

CrossCountry launches fund for community sustainability projects

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Long-distance train operator CrossCountry has announced the launch of a new Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) to support community initiatives across the CrossCountry network.

The refreshed grant scheme will see three application windows open throughout the year – with the summer period opening this Monday 1 July.

A total of £167,095 has been made available throughout the year for community projects that deliver tangible social and environmental benefits.     

Jessica Lockwood, CrossCountry’s Environment and Sustainability Manager, said: “We’re excited to launch the refreshed Customer and Communities Improvement Fund and can’t wait to see what applications come in from communities across the country.

“We’d be delighted to hear from projects and groups looking to improve the communities served by the CrossCountry network, especially with an emphasis on social value and sustainability – if this sounds like you, please visit our website to apply.”

Since 1 April 2022, the Customer and Communities Improvement Fund has supported 16 different initiatives across the country, to a total value of £400,000.

This includes a £20,000 donation to the Cornwall Community Foundation, which was distributed to nine charities across the Duchy last year.

Tamara Sherston-Baker, Development Director at the Cornwall Community Foundation, said: “It’s been fantastic to work with CrossCountry to help even more projects and initiatives with their critical community work across Cornwall.

“We always value support from businesses and organisations working in Cornwall and we look forward to working closely with CrossCountry again in the future.”

The current funding window is open until Friday 23 August 2024. Applications can be made through an easy-to-complete online form.

To find out more and to apply to the Fund, visit www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/customer-and-communities-improvement-fund.

Image credit: CrossCountry

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