Community Cycling Fund Events Strand Reopens for Applications

Local authorities, businesses, and not-for-profit organisations across Scotland can apply for funding to deliver events that promote, develop, and grow cycling participation in the build-up to the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available for local authorities, charities, businesses, community groups, and other organisations across Scotland to deliver events that promote cycling participation in local communities. This is part of the Community Cycling Fund, a joint initiative between the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, EventScotland, and sportscotland, that aims to deliver the following objectives:

  • Deliver a programme of cycling activities and events to encourage and inspire new and existing cyclists to participate in a fun and safe environment.
  • Reach and engage new audiences to participate in organised and inclusive cycling activities and events.
  • Engage local communities by creating a platform to encourage cycling with a focus on
  • Engaging under-represented groups, including children and young people, girls, and women.
  • To connect and add value to existing cycling initiatives, programmes, events, and infrastructure.
  • To promote, celebrate and raise awareness of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships and the wider policy ambitions of the event and the Power of the Bike.

Through the Events strand, a total of £160,000 per year is available for public-facing events designed to promote cycling participation in local communities, including:

  • Enhancing existing events with new cycling opportunities that promote the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.
  • Cycling innovations which develop, enhance, or grow cycling participation and/or the event.
  • Activity and events that provide local communities with the opportunity to celebrate the power of the bike and take part in cycling.
  • Costs supporting sustainable practices as part of a wider event.

In this round, funding is for events taking place between 1 April 2023 and 2 August 2023. There is a two-stage application process, wherein applicants must first submit an expression of interest before being invited to submit a full application.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 16 November 2022.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)