ArtRoots funding period now open for community groups in Scotland

A photo of the view from above the Scott Avenue Community Garden in Bowling, looking across the seating area and planters towards the River Clyde and Bowling Harbour in the sunshine.

Scott Avenue community garden, Bowling, Glasgow

A photo of three judges from Britain in Bloom sitting on a chainsaw carved bench incorporating numerous features celebrating the maritime history of East Haven village, including a fisherman and native fish

Britain in Bloom judges visit the ArtRoots funded chainsaw carved bench celebrating the maritime history of East Haven, Angus

A photo of local young people taking part in a Circus of Lights Glow Parade at dusk, holding giant mermaid and unicorn lanterns and glowing circus props along cycle path in Craigmillar, Edinburgh

Circus of Lights Glow Parade, Craigmillar, Edinburgh

A photo of local schoolchildren standing on National Cycle Network Route 7 beside the iron sculpture of Drover's Bho.

Drover's Bho sculpture, Strathyre, Stirling

8 January 2019

Community groups across Scotland are being given the opportunity to apply for up to £5000 in funding towards artistic and aesthetic improvements to their local National Cycle Network routes.

The ArtRoots fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, seeks to empower local communities in making improvements on local routes to increase user confidence and make journeys on the National Cycle Network more enjoyable for all users.

The fund supports local enterprise and culture, and encourages communities to participate in shaping their local environment and increase their levels of physical activity.

 The chainsaw sculpture has attracted enormous interest and an increase in visitor numbers. People now travel just to have their photograph taken with the artwork.

- Wendy Murray, East Haven Together

Throughout 2018, ArtRoots funding enabled East Haven Together to celebrate the maritime heritage of their village through installation of a stunning, chainsaw carved bench on National Cycle Network Route 1, empowered the Scott Avenue Community Garden Group to create a new community focal point for Bowling, and encouraged young people from Craigmillar to explore the possibilities of the National Cycle Network in their area through circus workshops and a glow parade.     

Interested community groups are encouraged to submit an expression of interest through the ArtRoots page

Find out more about the fund, and submit an expression of interest​