The objective of these funds is to add benefit, over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation, to communities and local economies along the HS2 route demonstrably disrupted by the construction of HS2.
A combined total of £40 million has been made available for Phase One of the scheme. The funding was launched at Royal Assent of the Phase One Act and opened for application in March 2017.
An announcement in January 2018 confirmed that an extra £5 million would be made available for Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe). This brings the overall total of CEF and BLEF for Phases One and 2a to £45 million. There is no fixed allocation between CEF and BLEF.
The additional £5 million for Phase 2a will be made available following Royal Assent (confirmation) of the Phase 2a Bill.