Published: 7th SEPTEMBER 2021

The Love Your Network grant for community groups in Scotland

Do you belong to a community group near the National Cycle Network? Would you like to improve or enhance the spaces along your local path, or learn how to support its wildlife? If you do, you could secure equipment and expert advice with a Love Your Network grant.

A group of birdwatchers gather by a sign on the National Cycle Network route 76

Building Roots organised Bird ID training through the Love Your Network grant programme ©Sustrans Scotland

The Love Your Network grant is now open for new applications. The 22/23 funding round will close at 23:59 on 6th February 2023.

The Love Your Network grant is funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland.

It supports community groups in improving their local, traffic-free section of the National Cycle Network by providing equipment and training.

With a Love Your Network grant, your group could get:

  • Litter-picking equipment to transform the safety and attractiveness of your local path
  • Training with a wildlife expert to learn how to record the birds, bees and butterflies in your area. Check out the Building Roots project which did just this.
  • Access to tools, from trowels to scythes, to make more significant improvements to spaces along the Network.

Why should I apply for a Love Your Network grant?

By caring for these spaces and the wildlife who call them home, your community group can make journeys on the National Cycle Network more attractive and enjoyable.

You'll be encouraging many more people to choose walking and cycling for their everyday journeys.

And you will improve their physical and mental health, as well as improving the environment and the local community.

Who can apply?

Love Your Network grants are available to:

  • Constituted community groups
  • Registered charities
  • Social enterprises

Individuals and profit-making companies are not eligible to apply.

If you are an informal group without a constitution, but you can otherwise demonstrate your organisation and impact, please contact us for advice.

When can applications be made?

Applications can be made from 09:00, 30th June 2022 until 23:59 on 6th February 2023.

We reserve the right to extend this date. Changes will be published on this page.

Two volunteers with litterpickers approach a discarded tin can along a traffic-free National Cycle Network path in Ayrshire.

Volunteers from the Ayrshire Coastal Path group were supported with litter picking equipment to improve National Cycle Network Route 73 © John Linton/Sustrans Scotland

What support can I apply for through Love Your Network in Scotland?

Groups can submit applications for equipment and training bundles.

These will be used to improve a traffic-free section of a numbered National Cycle Network route in Scotland.

Love Your Network bundles include:

  • Litter-picking equipment
  • Hand tools
  • Wildlife ID training
  • Ecology advice

Community groups also have the option to build their own application, if they need items or training not featured within a bundle.

For example, your group could request a bike trailer, hi-vis vests or power tools.

Please download the grant guidelines for full details.

If you're unsure about whether your group or area meets this criteria, please do get in touch and we'll happily discuss this.

How do I apply?

  1. Download and read the Love Your Network grant guidelines before applying.
  2. Start your online application.

If you have any questions about the Love Your Network grant or the application process, please email Hannah Taylor.

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