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Community Links grant programme

See our Community Links Portfolio below to find out about some of our exciting infrastructure projects from the past five years.

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.

Find out more about some of the exciting projects delivered through the programme in the past five years in our Community Links Portfolio.

The programme is a key component in the delivery of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland vision that “by 2020, 10% of all 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 Community Links Programme has been running since 2010 and has funded over 500 projects to date. The programme is funded through the Transport Scotland Sustainable Transport team within the Scottish Government.

How to apply

Sustrans encourages applications from all sectors where active travel can support the aims of a project including: health, housing, transport, environment, communities, education, regeneration and economic development. If you are not part of a local authority or Statutory body (such as a community group or Trust) and would like to apply for Community Links funding, please liaise with your local authority as they may be able to apply on your behalf.

Applications for funding can be made via our grant application portal, which you can register on at any time.

Funding for the 2016/17 Community Links Programme has now been allocated. However, based on previous years, we expect that some of this funding will not be spent – due to cost savings or delivery issues.  Under such circumstances we would look to reallocate funding to eligible projects and so have re-opened our application portal for submissions. We will reallocate funds as they become available and so an application submitted at this stage is not guaranteed to receive funding in 2016/17. If no underspend funds become available, applications which are deemed eligible will be taken forward into the 17/18 funding round. Your application for underspend will be judged by the same criteria as a project submitted at during the usual annual funding round and support is available from your Community Links Project Officer.



Community Links Projects 2016-17

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