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 400 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:

  • Encourage people to cycle or use another active travel mode for everyday journeys, increasing cycling modal share
  • Meet an identified community need and demand
  • Link the places people live in with the places they want to get to
  • Encourage innovation where relevant in new infrastructure solutions to meet the needs of cyclists (and other active travel modes)
  • Encourage placemaking schemes that evidence future modal shift to cycling and other active travel modes.

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 application window for the latest round of funding is now closed and applicants have now been informed which projects have been successful at securing funding in the 2015/16 financial year. Sustrans encourages applications that reflect community demand for active travel projects across all sectors of society 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 1384.