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Community Links Programme

Sustrans Scotland's Community Links programme provides funding for the creation of infrastructure that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys. The programme is funded by Transport Scotland and has funded hundreds of projects across Scotland since 2010.

Through the Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2017-18, the active travel budget will be doubled to £80 million per year, from 2018-19. Community Links will help deliver a key action from this by supporting projects that make our towns and cities friendlier and safer places for people to walk and cycle.
This is a fantastic opportunity for partners to put forward proposals that help Scotland realise its potential as an Active Nation and change the landscape of active travel delivery in Scotland for the better.
You can find out about some of the exciting projects delivered through the programme in our Community Links Portfolio.
Projects that meet the following aims will be eligible for funding:
  • Create infrastructure that enables people to walk, cycle or use another active travel mode as their preferred mode of travel for everyday journeys
  • Meet the needs of communities, providing people with the opportunity to shape their local environment and link the places they live with the places they want to go
  • Raise the standards by using innovative and imaginative approaches for community and business engagement, design and construction of walking and/or cycling projects
  • Encourage placemaking that promotes greater use of public space and higher levels of active travel
  • Create an enabling context/environment for active travel that facilitates the delivery of other projects

Apply for Community Links funding

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 the online grant application portal. Please see the Community Links Guidance for further details.


Key dates for 2017/18 projects

March 2018

The second round of 2017-18 Community Links Programme closes

18 April 2018 Final grant claim deadline


2018/19 project application timeline

16 February 2018 Guidance and criteria for the 2018-19 Community Links Programme released
16 February 2018 Application portal for the 2018-19 Community Links Programme opens
30 March 2018 Application portal for the 2018-19 Community Links Programme closes
Throughout April Review of the 2018-19 Community Links Programme applications
30 April 2018 Funding decision for 2018-19 Community Links projects announced
1 May 2018 Application portal reopens for new applications 
May 2018 - March 2019 Applications will be reviewed and applicants notified within four weeks of submission
 March 2019 Application portal closes for 2018/19

Email our Community Links team on c[email protected] or phone 0131 346 1384

Community Links Projects 2017-18

Click here to view this map full screen. Hovering over a dot brings up a summary of each project. Full descriptions can be read by clicking on the dot.