Train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) has donated tens of thousands of pounds from its Transform Grants Fund to community projects and charities across the North of England and Scotland.
Every year, the Fund makes over £50,000 available to support projects which tackle youth unemployment, improve the environment and promote social inclusion. Community projects across the North of England and Scotland are invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 as part of the fund and the lucky recipients have now been confirmed after a public vote.
This year, TPE received 74 applications for Transform Grants funding, requesting more than £300,000 for various projects across the areas that the train operator serves.
Successful applicants included the Southgate Special Needs School in West Yorkshire, which will receive £5,000 for an outdoor adventure programme. The National Literacy Trust will also be benefitting from just over £4,900 for a book quest project and Whirlow Hall Farm Trust in Lincolnshire will be receiving £5,000 for a new learning centre.
Natasha Marsay, accessibility and integration manager at TransPennine Express, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an application to our Transform Fund. It was fantastic to see so many people take part in a public vote for their favourite project.
“Once again, we received a high standard of submissions for the funding and I’m delighted that so many projects across our local communities we serve will benefit from the Transform Fund, especially in this current climate where many charities and community projects are facing the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a company, we all can’t wait to see how each project benefits from our support.”
The list of successful applicants is:
- Alder Hey Children’s Charity
- Branch Out Education
- Easington Lane Community Access Point
- Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Trust
- Lake District Foundation
- Liverpool Cares
- National Literacy Trust
- Sight Support Ryedale
- Southgate Special Needs School
- Whirlow Hall Farm Trust
- Worth Unlimited (Doncaster)