Network Action Grant Funding for Community Groups

Two volunteers in a canoe passing refuse with a litter-picker to a volunteer on the shore of the Union Canal, Edinburgh during a Paddle Pickup

Community volunteers taking part in a Paddle Pickup on the Union Canal, National Cycle Network Route 75

Landscape with autumnal trees showing an on-road stretch of National Cycle Network Route 78 in Crinan

Crinan, National Cycle Network Route 78

The Network Action Grant Fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, seeks to empower communities in implementing improvements which make journeys on the National Cycle Network more attractive and enjoyable.

Grant funding is available for projects which benefit people or wildlife across National Cycle Network routes in Scotland, with community groups able to apply for grants of between £100 and £750. Examples of costs which can be covered with a Network Action grant award include litter-picking equipment, tools, seeds, bird and bat boxes, habitat management training, wildlife surveying equipment and training to lead walks or rides on the Network.   

Why fund this?

Sustrans only has maintenance responsibilities for a small portion of the National Cycle Network in Scotland, where we support maintenance volunteering. We encourage voluntary litter picking across all areas of the Network in Scotland, but we also aim to support those community groups that are already looking after their local routes or would like to.

People are much more likely to walk and cycle on attractive, interesting and biodiverse routes; safe, clean and green routes can make a journey more enjoyable, and increase user confidence in their travel. 

Communities are the greatest sources of knowledge across local areas, and often provide the most acute understanding of how to improve these stretches of the route. The Network Action Grant Fund aims to aid local communities in making the most of the remarkable assets on their doorsteps and helping the National Cycle Network in Scotland to flourish.

Which costs can be covered with Network Action grant funding?

Examples of which costs can be covered with a Network Action grant. This is NOT an exhaustive list, and applications can include things which do not appear here:

  • Litter-picking equipment
  • Bike trailers for transporting tools and equipment
  • Hand tools
  • Power tools
  • Wildflower seeds
  • Plug plants
  • Fruit trees
  • Bird or bat boxes
  • Bug hotels
  • Maintenance of bike repair stations on the National Cycle Network
  • Training to undertake wildlife surveying on the National Cycle Network
  • Training to manage habitats on the National Cycle Network
  • Training to lead walks or rides on the National Cycle Network
  • Local press advertisement for raising awareness

Please Note: All projects must take place on a numbered National Cycle Network route.

Who can apply for a grant?

Network Action grant funding will be available to registered charities, social enterprises and other constituted community groups. Individuals and profit-making companies are not eligible to apply.

Local authorities may apply for funding on behalf of a community group which is not currently constituted. 

How much money be applied for?

Minimum grant funding: £100
Maximum grant funding: £750

When can I apply for a grant?

The current funding round is open until 17 May 2019. 

We ask interested community groups to fill out a brief online expression of interest form so we can advise whether your project is eligible for this fund. A link to this and details on the next round of funding can be found in the downloadable guideline document. Read the full Network Action Grant Fund Guidelines

Read the full Network Action Grant Fund Guidelines

Complete the Network Action Grant Fund initial expression of interest online

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact Laura White