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Active travel funding for schools in Scotland

Primary school pupils cycling
A cycle shelter full of bikes, in a primary school playground

There are two sources of funding to support active travel to school in Scotland. The Cycle and Scooter Parking Fund provides funding for parking facilities in schools while the Safer Routes to School Fund supports walking and cycling infrastructure around schools. 

Safer Routes to School Fund

Safety concerns are the main barrier to parents allowing their children to travel actively to school. Safer Routes to School funding supports infrastructure developments around school catchment areas and clusters to make it easier for pupils to walk, scooter and cycle to school safely.

The fund particularly supports ambitious, area-wide solutions and innovative approaches to promoting active travel on the school run. We expect Safer Routes to School projects to engage the whole school community and to incorporate behaviour change activities and initiatives as part of the project.

For design and school engagement, Sustrans can provide 100% of project funding, and for construction, projects can be match funded up to 50%. We anticipate most projects will apply for both design and construction funding.

Find out more about the Safer Routes to School Fund 2018-19 and details on how to apply

Cycle and Scooter Parking Grant Fund

Secure cycle and scooter parking is a crucial factor in encouraging cycling to school. Getting it right can be a very effective way for schools to promote active journeys to school and reduce traffic congestion at the school gates. It is also a visible way of publicising cycling and making cyclists feel valued.  

The Schools Cycle and Scooter Parking Fund for 2018-19 is now open. 

Please have a look at the guidance pack below which has all the information you require to make an application. Please note that applications are made through the local authority, not the schools themselves. If your school is interested in applying for funding, please liaise with the relevant contact(s) in your local authority. We encourage you to contact your local authority as soon as possible.

We will prioritise applications that clearly demonstrate how they have applied best practice in identifying the type and location(s) of the proposed cycle parking facilities, and any school receiving funding must take part in the Hands Up Scotland Survey.

Find out more about the Cycle and Scooter Parking Grant Fund and details on how to apply