Community Support Fund

Information and guidance:


The Cambrian Railway Partnership has decided to set up a one-off grant fund in order to support communities along the line.

Before Coronavirus arrived, we would have been using the funding to develop partnership projects in local communities, however this year it isn’t safe or practical to do so. Instead, we would like to use our resources to directly fund organisations who need support at this challenging time, and in this way develop positive, new relationships with the communities along the line.

There are many funding streams that have been made available recently in response to Coronavirus and organisations should apply to these where possible, if their project relates specifically to that. 

For more information about these funding streams visit the local County Voluntary Council (CVC) organisations websites (links below) or local council pages where lot of information about funding grants and support is available.

This new fund is designed to support the resilience and sustainability of organisations which may have been directly or indirectly impacted by the pandemic.

Maybe fundraising has had to stop and other usual income streams have disappeared or maybe costs have gone up because more volunteers are being mobilized.  

The main criteria is that groups can demonstrate how the funding will help sustain the organisation in the future and keep services going.  There does not necessarily need to be a direct link to the pandemic.

The group will also need to state what the money will be used for and how this benefits the local community, and it will need to be spent by 31st May 2021 so it cannot be put aside for a rainy day.


Who is the Cambrian Railway Partnership?

The Cambrian Railway Partnership covers the rail services along the Cambrian Main Line and the Cambrian Coast Line.  The Cambrian Railway Partnership operates across the Wales and England Border, within areas covered by the growing Mid Wales Partnership and Midlands Connect.

As an unincorporated association, Cambrian Railway Partnership has no separate legal status, and thus relies on its members for its legal powers, e.g. by agreeing that one of the members shall act as designated management authority for such purposes.

The partnership is funded by various organisations including grants from Transport for Wales and Avanti West Coast. The Cambrian Railway Partnership is also an accredited ‘Community Rail Partnership. This means that the partnership has met the Department for Transport’s, and the Welsh Government’s, standards for appropriate.

As well as promoting and supporting the line, the CRP is tasked with working in communities along the line on social and economic projects and it works to make sure the railway is safe and accessible to all.

More information can be found here


How much is in the grant fund?

The grant fund is £10,000.

We have provided £5,000 and Transport for Wales have generously agreed to match fund this through their Community Grant Fund.

Each organisation can apply for a maximum of £500 each.


Who is eligible?

Any community organisation, charity, CIC or group that has a bank account and is based within 10miles/16mkm of a Cambrian Line Station can apply.

If the organisation is not based within the given radius but can show how the grant funding will support a community that is, then this is acceptable.

Individuals, businesses and statutory bodies cannot apply and neither can national charities unless it is a local branch.

Religious organisations can apply as long as the funding is not used to promote a particular faith or belief system.

Applicants do not have to be registered charities but they must be a constituted group with a bank account. In exceptional circumstances, groups can apply through a sponsoring organisation if they do not have a bank account but they must be able to demonstrate that they have the ability to deliver in their own right.


How can the grant be used?

The grant criteria is deliberately non-specific so that a wide range of activities can be considered.  As long as the group can demonstrate the impact on the community and how the funding will help sustain them or their activity, then their application will be considered.

The grant can be used to deliver projects that are either Coronavirus related or not, it could be for youth work, mental health services, art projects, support for the elderly, counselling, domestic violence, BAME projects, education, disability support, local empowerment, these are just a few examples.

The grant does not have to be for project costs, it can be used for running costs including staff, bills, rent or maintenance as long as it can be demonstrated that these costs cannot be met by other means and that it will help the organisation remain active and sustainable.  

We will not retrospectively fund projects that have already taken place.


How will the grant be assessed?

Since there is a finite amount of money, applications will be assessed by a panel using a scoring system after the deadline, and if there are more suitable applications than funding available then applications with the higher scores will be prioritised.

There is also an aspiration to spread the fund fairly along the line so this will be part of the consideration.

Unsuccessful applicants will be given feedback and may be supported in other ways if appropriate.

If applications do not exceed the fund there will be a second bidding opportunity.

Organisations should not apply for more than is needed so that the funds can be made available for as many groups as possible. A properly costed application will increase the likelihood of success.

The panel will be made up of some Cambrian Railway Partnership members as well as voluntary sector representatives from all four counties and the process will be administered by PAVO (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations).


For the best possible chance of success, make sure you cover the following
  • Within 10miles /16km of a Cambrian Line station or proof of benefitting a community that is
  • Right type of organisation
  • Have a bank account or similar
  • Have demonstrated positive impact on the community
  • Have demonstrated how the grant will help sustain the organization or an activity
  • Have shown that costs cannot be met by other means
  • The bid is well-costed
  • Have shown a track record of delivery
  • Have enclosed all the documents requested
  • Have answered all the questions as required
  • Have signed correctly and agree with all the declarations




Activity deadlines


23rd November 2020 

Launch of Fund


(was 29thJanuary 2021)  


Friday 26th February 2021

Deadline for Applications


(was 19th February 2021)


19th March 2021

Groups notified of outcome


(was 31st May 2021)  


30th July 2021

Project end date (This date is subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions )


(was 30th June 2021)


27th August 2021

Evaluation and evidence provided



Where are the Cambrian line principle stations?

They are, for the mainline:

  • Aberystwyth
  • Borth
  • Dovey Junction 
  • Machynlleth 
  • Caersws
  • Newtown
  • Welshpool
  • Shrewsbury

For the coast they are:

  • Aberdyfi 
  • Tywyn 
  • Fairbourne
  • Barmouth
  • Harlech 
  • Penrhynduedraeth 
  • Minffordd
  • Porthmadog
  • Criccieth 
  • Penychain 
  • Pwllhelli

(There are many smaller request stop stations in between on the coast)

Groups from other locations within a 10m/16km radius of the station can also apply for funding.


Match Funding

Match funding is not a requirement of the grant and organisations will be able to combine the grant with other funding in order to deliver a project or achieve an outcome. If this is the case then monitoring and impact needs to show this and only a proportion can be claimed (no double counting).


What sort of monitoring is needed?

If you are successful in getting a grant a few monitoring requirements will be requested. For example, you will need to provide evidence of spend and be able to describe the impact of the grant including numbers of people impacted and any feedback you’ve received.

Photos will be welcomed as long as you have gained permission from any individuals in them.



The Cambrian Railway Line will want to publicise the positive impact of the fund so grant recipients will be asked for consent for the information provided to be utilized for local publicity, on the website and on social media.

The partners listed at the bottom of the form may wish to do the same.

If there are legitimate reason not to publicise the use of the grant, it will be considered.


Is there any help available to make the application?

All groups can go to their local CVC (see introduction) in order to get support with filling in applications.

Questions about the fund itself can be asked by contacting your local CVC



CLICK Word Form to download and fill in electronically - Email to grants(at)

CLICK PDF Form to print and fill in manually - Post to:

Cambrian Railway Partnership Community Fund, PAVO, Unit 30 Ddole Enterprise Park, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 6DF

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: now 26th February 2021

This fund has been made possible with the support of the following organisations:


01597 822 191

Where to find us

Llandrindod Wells Office

Unit 30
Ddole Road Industrial Estate
Llandrindod Wells

01597 822 191

Newtown Office

Plas Dolerw
Milford Road
SY16 2EH

01686 626 220

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