Funding for Schools in Scotland

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. 

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 2017-18 is currently closed but will be open again for applications in spring 2018. 

If you're thinking of applying for funding from us now or in the future, 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.

Download the Cycle and Scooter Parking Grant application and guidance pack

Have a question? Please contact our Education and Young People team at [email protected].

Safer Routes to School Fund

If you are looking to improve walking and cycling routes to your school, you can get help for this through the Safer Routes to Schools Fund. This programme provides match funding for the development of safe walking and cycling infrastructure associated with school travel. 

Download the Safer Routes to School Fund Guide 2017-18

If you are considering a Safer Routes to Schools application please contact the Community Links Team for further information and guidance at [email protected].