Community Grant launch to support walking and cycling projects

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is supporting third-sector organisations to help people to cycle and walk more, through a fresh round of small grants of up to £5,000. 

Not-For-Profit groups and organisations in West Yorkshire can apply for the grants of £5K to support people in their community adopt more walking and cycling in to their daily lives.

The grants can be used for any scheme or project aimed at helping and encouraging people to incorporate more walking, scooting or running into their daily lives, or to help people to start or continue cycling.

This may be to improve people’s health and wellbeing, support access to employment and training opportunities, boost people’s social interactions or to achieve one of the many other benefits that cycling and walking can bring to individuals and families.

Delivered through the Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, the grants will involve a formal application process, with applications opening from Friday 19 February 2021 and closing at midnight on Friday 19 March 2021.

This is the fourth round of Community Grants funding delivered by CityConnect. Since 2018 the programme has awarded 35 organisations across West Yorkshire a total of more than £225,000 to deliver grassroots initiatives aimed at supporting cycling or walking. 

The Community Grants scheme is being supported by the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund, introduced in 2020 as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In November 2020, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority successfully bid for £10.053 million from the second round of the Active Travel Fund. Added to the £2.5 million secured under the round 1 of the Fund, this brings the total awarded to £12.5 million.

More information is available here.

If you have an idea and would like to discuss it before completing an application please contact cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk and one of the team will get in touch.