Trusts & Foundations

Many independent grant makers support the Severn Valley Railway, and we depend upon their help to fund the restoration of our rolling stock and to develop the Railway as a premier visitor and heritage attraction. As many as 250,000 people visit us each year, and with the support of trusts, foundations and lottery funding, we are offering them with a rich experience, that's both fun and educational, keeping people in the 21st century very much in touch with their heritage.  

Training young people appeals to many grant makers, and we are pioneers in this field. Faced with the inevitable growing skills gaps, as our existing volunteer and paid workforce ages, we set up our Heritage Apprenticeship Scheme. Under this scheme, we are training young apprentices to become the SVR's heritage engineers of the future. We're securing the long-term future of our Railway.

"We have been proud to give grant support to the SVR's Heritage Apprenticeship Scheme since its inception. This pioneering scheme addresses a grow skills shortage within heritage rail. It offers vocational training opportunities to young people, who develop practical, manual skills as hands-on engineers.

The Bransford Trust

“Building an improved and enlarged Anderson shelter along with covered outdoor seating at The Engine House, Highley is a fantastic initiative that really brings the history of wartime Britain to life. It’s great that the new facilities supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery through Postcode Local Trust will allow so many children to have first-hand experience of the life of an evacuee in WW2.”

Laura Chow, head of charities, People’s Postcode Lottery

We have many heritage projects that we would like to fund within the areas of Worcestershire, Shropshire and the West Midlands, covering apprenticeships, education, restoration of heritage buildings and locomotives and rolling stock and much much more. Please call us for an informal chat on 01562 757940 or email

Organisations who suppport us