Funding for Social Housing Providers to Improve Cycling Facilities in Scotland

Scottish social housing providers can apply for funding to improve or install walking and cycling facilities for the benefit of their residents.

Cycling Scotland is offering grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 for social housing providers across Scotland to support projects that improve cycling facilities, promote cycling, and increase access to bikes and opportunities to cycle. Provided by Transport Scotland, the Cycling Friendly Social Housing Partnership Fund will enable social housing providers to bring the benefits of cycling and walking to people living in areas of deprivation, and help to overcome issues around access, transport poverty, isolation, and health inequalities.

Examples of eligible expenditure would include:

  • Repurposing hardstanding areas for installation of new parking and/or secure cycle storage.
  • Enhancements to existing cycle parking and storage to increase capacity and/or security.
  • The installation or refurbishment of shower or changing facilities, lockers, storage, or drying facilities for clothes or cycling gear.
  • Pool bikes and pool bike accessories. 
  • Procurement of bicycles for communities/schools/campus to improve the local community and student access to bikes.
  • Bikes for staff (health and social care organisations only). 
  • Bike maintenance equipment for bike hubs, such as pumps, work stands, tools (but not consumables), and public repair stands.

Funding is primarily for capital costs, however, proposals for complementary activities to support behaviour change may be considered where there is a direct link to capital elements, such as bike maintenance training in conjunction with the procurement of maintenance equipment.

The deadline for applications is 23 May 2022.

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