Charities, customers and communities of Highland Perthshire who live within 10 to 15 miles of the route operated by LNER can apply for grant funding from their Customer and Community Fund.
The fund focuses on causes that are important to the rail operator and fit with the core themes that the fund supports, which are mental health, education and employability skills among marginalised groups, diversity and inclusion and environmental sustainability.
During the previous round of funding which saw groups awarded funding in March this year projects in Scotland at Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dunbar were supported, these were Samaritans Kirkcaldy and District, Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club, The EY Foundation in Glasgow and The Wave Project in Dunbar were the recipients of the fund.
Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club received support for their Supporting Positive Mental Health in the Community project which addresses mental health with a view to breaking the stigma.
The application process is open until Sunday 31st of July at 23:29pm. All submitted applications will then be reviewed and shortlisted during the Autumn with the shortlist then shared with the LNER community and customers who will be asked to shape the final list of projects that will be supported.
The final list of projects will be submitted to the Department for Transport for final approval by the end of December 2022, with the department reviewing the list and making final decisions on which projects will be taken forward. Successful applicants will be notified in March 2023 with funding awarded in April or May.
All funding awarded must be spent and fully committed by the 31st of March 2024. The minimum amount of funding available is £1,000 with a maximum of £75,000.
For details on how to apply for the funding and for further guidance visit https://www.lner.co.uk/ccif.
You can see the LNER route map below.