Published: 25th JUNE 2019

ArtRoots Funding for the National Cycle Network in Scotland

The ArtRoots fund is a community fund for artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network in Scotland.

The fund enables and empowers communities to make improvements to the National Cycle Network for the benefit of place quality, enjoyment and active travel.

The fund supports local enterprise and culture, whilst also showcasing talent, intergenerational co-operation, expression, and creating a platform for youngsters to be heard through their arts. It also encourages communities to participate in shaping their local environment and increase their levels of physical activity.

Why fund this?

Not only do art and aesthetic improvements provide a message that the path and its users are important, they can also make a journey more enjoyable and increase user confidence in the route they are on.

We hope to encourage more people to travel by bike or foot, and by making cycle routes more attractive and enjoyable more people could be encouraged to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper methods of travel.

Communities have the best knowledge of their local area and often the best ideas for how to improve it – we want to put the power to make improvements into the hands of the community.

Who can apply for a grant?

This fund is for constituted community groups based in Scotland. We will also consider applications from non-constituted groups.

How much can be applied for?

The standard grant for ArtRoots projects will be £2,500. However, a higher award of £5,000 may be available if applicants can demonstrate that the higher funding award would significantly impact on the outcome and achieve a greater increase in new active travel journeys.

When can I apply for funding?

Funding rounds typically run three times a year, but groups are encouraged to submit an expression of interest at any point. 

What is the application process?

  1. Download the ArtRoots Fund Guidelines. The document provides a brief overview of the key elements to consider prior to applying for
    the fund.
  2. Complete an expression of interest form.

When will I find out if my application has been successful?

The closing date for full applications for the current funding round will be advised upon receipt of a group's expression of interest.

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Art is an essential part of the enjoyment of public spaces and placemaking, encouraging more to travel actively. Blockquote quotation marks
John Lauder, Sustrans National Director, Scotland

Artroots funded projects

Circus of Lights Glow Parade, National Cycle Network Route 1, Craigmillar, Edinburgh

More than 60 Craigmillar residents and young people in Edinburgh took part in a spectacular glow parade and circus skills performance on 24 October 2018.

It was part of a series of workshops aimed at encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

Drover’s Bho, Route 7 in Strathyre

Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) applied for a grant to have a sculpture made and installed next to the NCN path in the village of Strathyre.

Their idea was to have a cow to represent the old drover’s route through the village. 

Carrbridge’s carved bridge

2017 marked the 300th anniversary of the bridge in Carrbridge, making it the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands.

To celebrate this occasion the Carrbridge Tourism and Business Association applied to the ArtRoots fund for a grant. Carrbridge holds a hugely popular annual chainsaw carving competition.

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact our Scotland office

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