Published: 1st JULY 2019

Places for Everyone

Sustrans Scotland provides advice, support and funding for the creation of infrastructure that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys. Funded by Transport Scotland, we’ve used our knowledge and experience to back hundreds of projects across Scotland since 2010.

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The aim of Places for Everyone is to create safe, attractive, healthier places by increasing the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys.

The scheme is funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland and is administered by Sustrans. Places for Everyone contributes to the Scottish Government’s aim for a healthier, environmentally sustainable nation with a strong economy and communities, as laid out in the National Performance Framework.

Support

Applicants will receive direct access to our knowledge and experience, as well as benefit from our partnership approach that leads to better outcomes. This way of working helps ensure that the projects we’re involved with achieve the best possible outcomes for communities across Scotland.

We can provide support at any stage in a project’s development, but encourage projects to express an interest in Places for Everyone as early as possible, so we can help guide you through the process.

Design Principles

In order to ensure all projects receiving funding make the largest possible impact, we have developed six design principles. These are the minimum criteria for a successful Places for Everyone bid.

  1. Develop ideas collaboratively and in partnership with communities.
  2. Facilitate independent walking, cycling, and wheeling for everyone, including an unaccompanied 12-year old.
  3. Design places that provide enjoyment, comfort and protection.
  4. Ensure access for all and equality of opportunity in public space.
  5. Ensure all proposals are developed in a way that is context-specific and evidence-led.
  6. Reallocate road space, and restrict motor traffic permeability to prioritise people walking, cycling and wheeling over private motor vehicles.

All designs will be assessed against how well they achieve the design principles.

Additional Requirements

Infrastructure must be of a specification that will remain of high functional quality for at least 15 years and will accommodate both current and future needs.

All projects must be subject to Equality Impact Assessments and ecological appraisal. Any predicted negative equalities or ecological impacts of the development must be mitigated and biodiversity enhancement should be delivered wherever possible.

Apply to Places for Everyone

We encourage applications from public and third sector organisations that can demonstrate an ability to deliver and maintain the infrastructure for which they are applying.

You can apply for funding through our online grant application portal

Funding Guidance

Please refer to the Places for Everyone Application Guide 2019-2020 before making an application. 

Award Process

Places for Everyone funding is awarded quarterly.

Depending on the scale of your project, it may be assessed by the Places for Everyone Steering Group, made up of experts from across Sustrans Scotland and external partners with expertise in urban design, active travel and transport management before an award is made.

Ambitious projects seeking to deliver large-scale changes for their local area such as Glasgow City Council's South City Way are also assessed by the external Places for Everyone Panel, made up of independent experts with experience in a variety of fields.

Full details of the award process can be found in our Application Guidance.

Event Date
Portal re-opens for applications 25 July 2019
Cut off for September Steering Group 29 August 2019
Steering Group Meets September 2019
Awards Issued October 2019
Steering Group Meets December 2020
Awards Issued January 2020
2019-20 Grant Claim Deadline 15 May 2020
2020-21 Round Opens May 2020
Places for Everyone Panel Meets May 2020

If you have any questions please email PlacesForEveryone@sustrans.org.uk or phone 0131 346 1384.

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