Support for communities

*** Please note the deadline for applications on our latest round of community grants has now closed (as of Wednesday 22 July). ***

*** Please note the deadline for applications on our latest round of community grants has now closed (as of Wednesday 22 July). ***

We’re inviting not-for-profit organisations across West Yorkshire to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their communities to cycle to work, as part of a package of emergency measures to help people move around the region safely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our community grants are intended to enable more people to make everyday journeys by bike, increasing capacity on public transport and enabling people to move around in ways which do not lead to damaging levels of congestion on our roads.

Projects could include:

  • bike loans and donations;
  • low-cost hire schemes;
  • services and repairs to make people’s bikes roadworthy;
  • maintenance and cycle skills training;
  • subsidised discounts on equipment;
  • advice clinics on a range of topics, such as route planning.

Grants could also be used to help train paid staff and volunteers so they can continue to provide longer-term support to people in their communities.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22 July. 

If, after reading the guidance, you would like to speak to a member of the team about your grant application please call 0113 251 7366 or email cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk.

This work builds on what’s already been achieved through two previous rounds of the grant scheme, through which 22 organisations were awarded a total of more than £170,000 to deliver grassroots initiatives enabling people living and working in their community to access work, school or training opportunities by cycling or walking.

Each project focused on providing local solutions to local barriers with initiatives ranging from pool bikes and bike loans to led cycles and walks, increasing people’s confidence on two wheels, route planning, building employment skills through activities such as bike maintenance, and connecting people with employers through job fairs and work clubs.