Community groups across Scotland will be able to apply for a Development Grant of up to £20,000 to help them overcome barriers to cycling and work towards becoming a Cycle Friendly Community.
Development Grants will support and enable delivery of initiatives and projects that will lead to more people cycling in communities across Scotland, helping deliver the Scottish Government’s vision of 10% of all journeys being by bike by 2020.
Cycling Scotland Development Officer, Shona Morris, said:
“Cycling is becoming an everyday activity for more people of all ages and abilities. Today’s funding will ensure communities across Scotland have the opportunity to tackle the barriers to more people cycling in their own areas. Many towns and community groups would love the accolade of receiving a Cycle Friendly Community Award, celebrating their commitment to improving health, tackling inequalities, congestion and pollution by enabling anyone in the community to get cycling. The funding and the Award should encourage groups to redouble their efforts to help more people enjoy all the benefits of cycling.”
The grants, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Cycling Scotland, will help the creation of a nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Community Award scheme. Following consultation, and four pilot projects in Kingussie, Neilston, The Black Isle and Falkirk, the Award is now open for applications and the first Cycle Friendly Community Award is expected later in 2015.
Full details of the Development Grants and how to apply for the Cycle Friendly Community Award are available from Cycling Scotland at www.cycling.scot