Active travel funding opportunities

We allocate funding to partner organisations who are responsible for delivering walking and cycling infrastructure and behaviour change projects across Scotland.

Several of our partners offer grant funding. Read more about the options and visit the Partner websites for more information and details of how to apply.


Community Links (Sustrans)

This funding is for walking and cycling infrastructure projects such as paths, junctions and routes.

Who can apply?

Local authorities, National Parks, Regional Transport Partnerships, further and higher education institutions, housing associations, constituted community groups, development trusts, NHS, public bodies. Private sector organisations may be able to apply in conjunction with their local authority.


Community Links PLUS (Sustrans)

Community Links PLUS supports larger, innovative, segregated paths that take away road space from cars.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, National Parks, Regional Transport Partnerships, further and higher education institutions, housing associations, constituted community groups, development trusts, NHS, public bodies. Private sector organisations may be able to apply in conjunction with their local authority.

Find out more at the Sustrans website.


Safer Routes to Schools (Sustrans)

This funding is for walking and cycling infrastructure projects around schools, colleges and universities.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, constituted community groups, public or third sector organisations.


Cycle Friendly Programme (Cycling Scotland)

Funding is available to help promote and support cycling locally and make our workplaces, schools, campuses and communities more cycle friendly. The Cycle Friendly Development Fund provides grants for infrastructure such as cycle parking, upgrading pedestrian / cyclist access routes, facilities such as changing areas, showers, lockers and drying areas. There is also funding available for the purchase of bike pools, hire fleets and creating maintenance areas.

Who can apply?

Colleges, universities, employers, communities, schools.


E-bike grant and loans (Energy Saving Trust)

The E-Bike Grant Fund

This funding supports large-scale adoption of e-bikes by local authorities, public sector agencies, colleges and universities.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities and public sector organisations.


E-Bike Loan fund

This funding is for interest-free loans to help buy an e-bike.

Who can apply?

Individuals.


E-Bike Business Loan fund

This funding is to support organisations that want to reduce their carbon impact and use E-Bikes for travel.

Who can can apply?

Businesses.


Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund

A European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) capital fund available to support the delivery of active travel and low carbon hubs and paths.    

Who can apply?

Public, third and community sector organisations.


Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (Paths for All)

This funding is for projects that work to make walking and cycling a transport mode of choice for short local journeys.

Who can apply?

Any formally constituted body.


Other funding

Active Travel repair stations (Sustrans)

Installation of bicycle repair stations and information points.

Who can apply?

NHS, colleges, universities and schools.


Community Paths Grants (Paths for All)

To create, improve, maintain and promote community paths.

Who can apply?

Constituted community groups.


Cycling Friendly Campus Intern (Cycling Scotland)

To recruit a Cycling Officer to promote active travel.

Who can apply?

Colleges and Universities.


National Cycle Network improvements and signage (Sustrans)

To deliver physical improvements to the National Cycle Network.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, constituted community groups, public or third sector organisations.


Art Roots (Sustrans)

Artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, constituted community groups, public or third sector organisations.


National Monitoring Framework (Cycling Scotland)

Monitoring counters and surveys.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships.


Play Together on Pedals (Cycling Scotland and Cycling UK)

Bikes, equipment and resources for pre-school children and their families.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, Early Years and nursery groups.


Pocket Places (Sustrans)

Low cost, temporary installations to manage traffic speeds and improve small community spaces.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, constituted community groups, public or third sector organisations.


Regional Transport Partnerships support (Sustrans)

To support delivery of active travel infrastructure.

Who can apply?

Regional Transport Partnerships.


School Cycle and Scooter Parking Grant (Sustrans)

Cycle and scooter parking facilities in schools - cycle stands, shelters, cycle lockers and secure storage.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, constituted community groups, public or third sector organisations.


Strategic Partnerships (Sustrans)

Sustrans Officers to support active travel infrastructure development.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, constituted community groups, public or third sector organisations.


Street Design (Sustrans) 

Outline designs that the local authority can progress to detailed design and construction with support from the Community Links fund.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, constituted community groups, public or third sector organisations.


Workplace engagement (Sustrans)

Sustrans officers who will work in organisations in order to develop a culture of active travel.

Who can apply?

Large workplaces.


Training and resources

Active Travel Champions (Sustrans)

Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers within workplaces to promote walking and cycling to work.

Who can apply?

Workplaces (including institutions of Further and Higher Education) in Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Big Bike Revival (Cycling UK)

To provide community cycling events.

Who can apply?

Community organisations.


Bike Life Scotland (Sustrans)

Participation in 2 year project to produce Copenhagen-style ‘Bicycle Accounts’.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities.


Bikeability Scotland (Cycling Scotland)

Bikeability Scotland is a cycle training scheme designed to give children the skills and confidence they need both to cycle safely on the roads, and to encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities.


I Bike (Sustrans)

I Bike is an innovative schools project that empowers children, parents and teachers to travel actively, safely and confidently to school.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities, constituted community groups, public or third sector organisations.


Practical Cycle Awareness Training (Cycling Scotland)

To establish local HGV and bus driver cycle awareness training courses.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities and public sector agencies.


WOW walk to school programme (Living Streets Scotland)

WOW encourages primary pupils to walk to school through use of interactive WOW Travel Tracker with a reward for those who walk (skate, scoot, cycle or Park & Stride!) at least once per week.

Who can apply?

Schools recommended by a local authority.