December 2017 £10,000 grants available to boost walking and cycling within local communities
Not-for-profit groups across West Yorkshire can bid to win up to £10,000 of grant funding to assist and encourage residents from their local community to cycle and walk to access work, school or training
The grants, which are funded by the Cycling and walking to Work Fund and delivered through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, are to allow groups to deliver projects offering grass-roots support for people living and working within their individual communities.
Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:
“I’m really pleased that West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be supporting groups which already work in the heart of our communities.
Encouraging sustainable travel is closely linked with inclusive growth, which is a priority for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. This grants scheme will enable the grass-roots organisations to offer tailored support to the people who will benefit most from support with travelling to employment and training opportunities in the most economical, healthy and sustainable way.”
The total amount of grant funding available is £150,000, this is split into a nominal amount of £30,000 per West Yorkshire district. Grants will be allocated via a competitive process whereby groups and organisations apply to receive funding and are awarded based on their alignment with fund objectives.
Satwant Singh, founder of Bolton Road Community Cycle Club which has benefited from previous CityConnect grant funding, said:
“Having received funding through an earlier CityConnect community club grant scheme I would strongly encourage groups to apply. The funding we received helped us develop a group, based at Ramgarhia Gurdwara in Undercliffe, which provides the opportunity for local people to get on bikes and discover the benefits that cycling can bring in a really informal and fun way.
From my own experience, people enjoying cycling for leisure purposes then find a natural pathway into cycling for transport purposes, which opens up all kind of employment and training opportunities which otherwise may have been inaccessible.”
The application window for the CityConnect Community Grants scheme opens on Monday 27th November. It will be open for five weeks, closing on Sunday 31st December. Delivery of successful projects will commence at the end of January 2018 and delivery must be complete by 31st July 2017.