Sustrans Scotland‘s Community Links Programme provides grant funding to local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys. It has been running since 2010 and has funded over 500 projects to date. The programme is funded through the Transport Scotland Sustainable Transport team within the Scottish Government.

Objectives of the Community Links Programme are to:

  • Create infrastructure that encourages people to cycle, walk or use another active travel mode as their preferred mode of travel for everyday journeys
  • Meet the needs of communities – provide communities with the opportunity to shape their local environment and link the places people live in with the places they want to get to
  • Encourage innovation – support partner organisations in raising the standard of infrastructure for walking and cycling in Scotland
  • Encourage placemaking which facilitates greater use of public space and higher levels of active travel
  • Create an enabling environment for active travel

The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland sets out a vision that “By 2020, 10% of all journeys taken in Scotland will be by bike”.  In order to achieve this ambitious vision, 19 actions are identified, one of which refers specifically to the need to “develop and maintain community links” (Action 4).  Therefore, the Community Links Programme is a key component in the delivery of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland.  http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/strategy-and-research/publications-and-consultations/cycling-action-plan-2013

The Community Links Guide 2016-2017, outlining the programme aims and objectives, and the Criteria Document detailing how applications will be scored are now available. Sustrans encourages applications from all sectors where active travel can support the aims of a project including: health, housing, transport, environment, communities, education, regeneration and economic development. Please see the Applying for Funding page for more information on eligibility and making an application, or contact the Community Links team for advice: email community.links@sustrans.org.uk or telephone 0131 346 3019.