Places for Everyone

Cyclists on Gifford Park, Scotland, Places fro Everyone©2017, Tony Marsh all rights reserved

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.

Through the Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2017-18, the active travel budget has been doubled to £80 million per year, from 2018-19. Which means we can better support 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.

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.

We’ve recently simplified our offering to give more direct access to our knowledge and experience, to emphasise our partnership approach that leads to better outcomes and to help ensure the projects we’re involved with will achieve the best possible outcomes.

Design Principles

In order to ensure all projects receiving funding make the largest possible impact, we have developed six design principles which ensure that Places for Everyone projects meeting the aim of the programme. 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. 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 guidance before making an application. 

Key dates

Date Event
13 March 2019 Portal opens for applications
1 May 2019 Portal closes for applications
w/c 3 June 2019 Initial award to highest scoring projects
w/c 17 June 2019 Steering group meets
w/c 24 June 2019 Final funding announcements
w/c 24 June 2019 Portal reopens to new projects

2018-19 Applicants can now download templates for final reporting on Design or Construction projects. 

Get in touch

If you have any questions please email our Places for Everyone team on [email protected] or phone 0131 346 1384.