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Funding Opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities available across Scotland that are aimed at encouraging and supporting organisations with Travel Planning initiatives.

Take a look at the funding schemes detailed below to see if your organnisation may be eligible to apply for funding. 




Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme (STGS)

The Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme offered via Regional Transport Partnerships across Scotland aims to support and encourage Travel Planning and travel awareness by providing financial assistance to organisations investing in measures aimed at encouraging sustainable travel.

How to apply

Grant amounts and eligibility vary by region. For details of the Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme offered in your region visit the Regional Transport Partnership page.

Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Grant Programme

Sustrans Scotland‘s Community Links grant programme provides grant funding to local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys. The programme is a key component in the delivery of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland vision that “by 2020, 10% of everyday journeys taken in Scotland will be by bike”.

The objectives of the Community Links Programme are to:

• Create infrastructure that encourages people to cycle, walk or use another active travel mode as their preferred mode of travel for everyday journeys;
• Meet the needs of communities: provide communities with the opportunity to shape their local environment and link the places people live in with the places they want to get to;
• Encourage innovation: support partner organisations in raising the standard of infrastructure for walking and cycling in Scotland;
• Encourage placemaking which facilitates greater use of public space and higher levels of active travel;
• Create an enabling environment for active travel that limits the speed and volume of motorised vehicles while improving the walking and cycling experience, such as traffic calming measures and implementing filtered permeability.

The programme is funded through the Transport Scotland Sustainable Transport team within the Scottish Government.

How to apply

For details on project eligibility and how to submit an application visit the Community Links website   You can also contact the Community Links team for advice at or 0131 346 3019.

Funding via Cycling Scotland

 Cycling Scotland administer a number of grant schemes on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Bikeability Scotland Grant Fund

Funding is available to local authorities to assist with their delivery of Bikeability Scotland training. Local authorities are invited once a year to apply for Support Plus funding, which can pay for the cost of getting instructors trained, recruiting instructor mentors who can assist new instructors, supply teachers to enable teachers to attend instructor training, costs associated with recruiting volunteer instructors, and any equipment needed for training.

Cycling Scotland provides all Bikeability Scotland resources free to local authorities, in return for annual data about the number of pupils who have received training. We also provide one free Cycle Trainer course per local authority per year. Between 5 and 8 participants can be trained on each course.

How to Apply 

Cycling Scotland will contact local authority co-ordinators when the fund is open for applications. For further details, visit the Bikeability Scotland website

Cycling Friendly Community Award Development Grants

Cycling Scotland offer development grants up to £20,000 to support and enable delivery of initiatives and projects that will lead to more communities receiving the Cycle Friendly Community Award.

Development Grants will support and enable delivery of initiatives and projects that will lead to an increase in journeys made by bike in communities across Scotland. Reducing single occupancy car use and increasing active travel options will result in reduced local transport related carbon emissions and increased health and wellbeing of the community. In providing these grants, Cycling Scotland aims to assist and support community groups and organisations to achieve their set outcomes in relation to the Cycle Friendly Community Award criteria.

How to apply

For details on project eligibility and how to apply for a development grant, visit


The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund (CFSCF)

The purpose of the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund (CFSCF) is to support groups to encourage cycling in their community and to deliver a sustainable cycling project that will encourage more people to travel by bike.

The CFSCF enables community groups to support and deliver projects with an overall aim to increase the number of local journeys by bike. Reducing single occupancy car use and increasing active travel options will result in reduced local transport related carbon emissions and increased health and wellbeing of the community.

Communities can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to deliver local cycling projects.

How to apply

To be eligible for a Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund grant, projects must meet set criteria. Applications will be assessed on their individual merits and scored against these criteria as well as the overall project plan. For further details visit


Cycle Friendly Employer Award

The nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award supports Scottish organisations wishing to encourage cycling as a healthy, sustainable and accessible way to travel to work.  Organisations registered for Cycle Friendly Employer will benefit from guidance, resources and one-to-one support to enable an increase in staff cycle rates. Accredited service centres located across the country will help you through the process.

Through this award scheme, registered employers will have access to the Employer Development Fund which can be used to improve facilities or purchase cycling equipment such as pool bikes. To apply for the funding, workplaces must be able to demonstrate how the grant will help overcome barriers towards achieving the award criteria. The Crib Sheet with all essential documents can be found on the sidebar.

Good news! The Employer Development Fund is currently open and applications for capital investment focussed projects of up to £20,000 will be considered.

Closing date: Friday, 2 February 2018 (5pm).

How to apply 

Download: Application Form, Guidance Notes, Funding Process, Terms and Conditions.  If you have any questions please email Cycling Scotland Development Officer, Caroline Hammond on or call 0141 229 5470


Climate Challenge Fund

Development Grants are available from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund. The Climate Challenge Fund is designed to enable communities to come forward with their own solutions to make a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

Projects can involve a range of actions from helping communities to use less energy, walk and cycle more, to local sustainable food production. They can also have an environmental, social and economic dimension to the projects, that give people new skills, improve health, help them to work together or provide better community facilities, but carbon reduction must be at the heart of every proposal and the community at the centre of the decision making.

How to apply 

For details on project eligibility and how to submit an application visit the

Other potential funding opportunities

There are a variety of Scottish Government funding sources available for individuals and community groups who are engaged in or are thinking about getting involved in environmental projects. For further details, visit

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