Community Transport Minibus Fund Opens for Round 2

Deadline 2nd December

The Department for Transport has launched round two with £2 million in funding for community transport operators in England that are providing a local not-for-profit service to their community and need a new minibus.

The Department for Transport has launched a second round of the £25 million Community Minibus Fund which is being administered by the Community Transport Association, the membership association for community bus operators across the UK, who will provide advice to all bidders.

The Department for Transport created the £25 million Community Transport Minibus Fund in 2014 with the purpose of supplying new minibuses to not-for-profit community transport operators in England. The first round of funding saw more than 300 charities and community groups receive minibuses.

To be eligible for a minibus, applicants must:

  • Be an established organisation using a recognised not-for-profit legal form, such as a charitable incorporated organisation, charitable company (limited by guarantee) or community interest company, and able to demonstrate that they are running a service to benefit the community.
  • Be a registered charity or other not-for-profit entity.
  • Have a Section 19 permit.
  • Use the vehicle provided for voluntary services only and not to compete for tendered contracts let by public sector bodies.
  • Ensure that the money paid to their organisation by public sector bodies does not exceed the de minimis State Aid limit (€200,000, approximately £160,000) in a rolling three-year period.

The following organisations will be favourable scored:

  • Educational organisations that provide a role in education outside of traditional ‘classroom learning, such as activity centres for disabled young people, or organisations who support adult learning etc.
  • Organisations serving rural areas.

The Government will award one minibus per organisation, and organisations that were successful in round one may not apply for this round.

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