go:cycling is launching a Community Grants Fund to help
local, voluntary and not-for-profit
groups and organisations promote, encourage and support adult cycling across
Set up to encourage more adults in West Yorkshire to
cycle, go:cycling has a total of £135,000 in grants available. There are two levels of funding with
£115,000 to support larger projects from £5,000 to a maximum value of £25,000
and an additional £20,000 for smaller projects up to a maximum value of £2,000.
Community Grants aim to enable people to take up cycling
or cycle more, use cycling in their day-to-day lives, to promote cycling as a
fun activity accessible to all. They will help promote ‘utility cycling’ such
as cycling to work, for shopping and running errands and to increase the use of
cycle infrastructure across West Yorkshire.
Successful applicants will have to demonstrate the
potential of their proposal to promote and increase cycling in West Yorkshire,
whether through an entirely new activity, or the enhancement of an existing
project. Funding is available as a one-off grant so applicants will need to
have considered the future sustainability of their project.
Where to find out more and apply
Anyone wishing to submit a grant application should visit http://www.cffc.co.uk/portfolio/gocycling/
Some of the kind of projects that might be considered are
those which could help people lacking equipment, skill, knowledge or confidence
through activities such as group rides and bike loan and recycling schemes
while promoting safer cycling to enable people of all ages, backgrounds and
fitness/mobility levels to experience the benefits of cycling.
Supporting the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan
The grants are also intended to support the principal
objectives of the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan (WYLTP). The plan aims to
improve connectivity to support economic activity and growth in West Yorkshire
and the Leeds City Region while making substantial progress towards a low
carbon, sustainable local transport system to enhance the quality of life of
people living, working and visiting West Yorkshire.