Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund Grant awarded to NICOLA

Westway CT’s Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is available to local charities and community groups.


Westway CT currently has 2 active strands in its Innovation Fund Grant Pot

1) Driver Training – groups can apply for a for up-to two volunteers to be MiDAS Trained at Westway CT for free. This enables your group to avoid paying for driver charges when booking a minibus with us.

2) Transport Credits – groups can apply for up-to £1000 in Transport Credits which can be used to offset driver, vehicle and fuel costs, provided by Westway CT. These apply to Group Transport Members that run new activities or new emerging local groups only.

Please note: Groups can only apply for one of the two strands.

For more information on how to apply and the terms and conditions for the fund, please contact Anna Porta, Development Manager.


The story of the Innovation Fund

Since Westway CT began back in 1991, the team have always had much debate about how to lower the overall costs of transport for our membership.

There have been ongoing discussions about how to encourage members to use the minibuses during the off-peak periods in the middle of the day, in the evenings and at the weekends and more.

In 2015, discussions between the Management Team and the Management Committee led to the launch of the Innovation Fund; a grant in the form of Transport Credits and more recently, Free Volunteer Training through the MiDAS Scheme, offered to local charities and community groups.

The hope is that the Innovation Fund encourages members to introduce new Innovative Projects and Activities for their users, that would take place during the least busy times of the day, and use volunteers to drive minibuses for them; both we hope will help our members to reduce overall transport costs.


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