Sustrans has reopened its Places for Everyone programme funding to new applications for active travel infrastructure projects, the first time for over a year following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Funded by the Scottish Government, Places for Everyone aims to create safer, more attractive, healthier, and inclusive places by increasing and diversifying the number of trips made by walking, wheeling, or cycling for everyday journeys.
Both new and existing partners big and small are invited to apply, from large statutory organisations like local authorities to smaller community organisations and development trusts.
All Places for Everyone partners receive tailored support and guidance from Sustrans to ensure every project achieves the best possible outcome.
Scotland director at Sustrans Karen McGregor said: “Delivering high quality and accessible walking, wheeling, and cycling infrastructure has always been of the utmost importance to us. From multi-million-pound city transformations to new rural community active travel links, the Places for Everyone fund has allowed us to work closely with partners all across Scotland. We look forward to continuing to support more active travel projects to becoming a reality”.
Minister for active travel Patrick Harvie said: “Sustained investment in walking, wheeling, and cycling infrastructure is crucial in helping to build a more active nation. With the Places for Everyone fund now open to new applications, supported by record funding here in Scotland for active travel, we will continue to enable our villages, towns and cities to build the right kind of transformative infrastructure in the right places – making active travel easier for shorter everyday journeys.”
Major urban active travel projects, such as the South City Way in Glasgow are currently being delivered using Places for Everyone funding.
Likewise, rural and community-led projects have also been a feature of the programme, such as the All Abilities Path at Kinloch Rannoch which, this year, created an accessible local path network in the village for the first time. Applications are currently open to Concept (Stages 0-2) projects, the first step in delivering high quality active travel infrastructure projects, which serve to define the scope of a project, its desired outcomes and to develop a final concept design.
If interested in receiving funding for your project, you can submit a short Expression of Interest application to outline your proposal. If successful, you will then be invited to submit a Full Application.
Applications to the programme will remain open for 4 weeks until 23rd August 2022.