Designated funds

At Highways England, our work goes beyond operating, maintaining and improving roads.

As a custodian of the country’s motorways and major A-roads, we know that the work we do makes a positive difference – to people, the economy and the planet.

From 2020 to 2025, we’ll be investing £936 million from our standalone – or designated – funding. This money is allocated to four funding streams focused on making improvements that will make the biggest difference and deliver lasting benefits.

Our four designated funds are:

  • Users and communities
  • Environment and wellbeing
  • Innovation and modernisation
  • Safety and congestion

Delivering in partnership

Strong relationships and partnerships are important to us. We work with experts in their fields, from innovators and nature conservationists to safety and customer service specialists. By helping us make better investments, providing co-funding or delivering on our behalf, our partners allow us to do more, together.

Work with us

We’re turning ideas into reality, and delivering real change through our designated funds projects and partners.

We welcome applications from organisations in the public, third and private sectors. Use our online form to apply for funding.

What we’ve achieved with designated funds so far

Between 2015 and 2020, we invested more than £650 million in over 2,000 initiatives through our designated funds.

Watch this video to find out more: