Cycling Scotland grants scheme for community events

Community organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to organise free, beginner-friendly cycling events in 2021.

Saturday, 5th September 2020, 4:45 pm
Family-friendly....events in communities across Scotland in 2021 will now be considered for Cycling Scotland grants of up to £10,000. (Pic: Julie Howden)

The Cycling Scotland scheme, which had to be paused in 2020 due to Covid-19, builds on the 20-year legacy of the organisation’s Pedal for Scotland events.

In 2021, Cycling Scotland will support community organisations to deliver local cycling events across the country – subject to mass participation events running again next year – with funding from Transport Scotland.

Organisations can apply for up to £10,000 to run local Pedal for Scotland events for between 250 and 700 people.

Grants of up to £1000 are also available for community organisations to support local cycling events for between 50 and 250 people.

Funding can be used for event set up, equipment, insurance and route support.

Christopher Johnston, Cycling Scotland head of training, said: “Our aim is for a series of inclusive, cycling events to happen across Scotland to support people new to cycling to give it a try in a safe and fun environment.

“Many more people are cycling this year and even more are considering cycling for the first time. It’s important we support more people to cycle for their health and as a practical and environmentally-friendly way to travel short journeys.

“We’re encouraging community organisations to apply to the Pedal for Scotland fund and to establish cycling events in their local areas.”

2019 marked the 20th anniversary of Pedal for Scotland, which grew from 400 participants in 1999 to deliver an estimated £1.1 million for the Scottish economy every year. Since its inception, more than 110,000 people have taken part.

It was announced in June last year that the event would evolve into a series of shorter, free events in different locations to support more people to cycle.

For more information on the funding and how to apply, visit www.cycling.scot/pedal-for-scotland.