Fund encourages active and sustainable travel in Scotland

10.02 | 5 June 2020 | |

Behavioural change projects which encourage active and sustainable travel choices in Scotland are being encouraged to bid for a share of £2m of funding.

The money is the latest to be made available through Path for All’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places Open Fund – established in June 2018 to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and reverse the trend towards a sedentary lifestyle.

This year, the fund will support the Scottish Government’s Transport Transition Plan, part of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, it will support projects which encourage staying local, making fewer journeys and promoting home working opportunities.

This is in addition to the walking, cycling and public transport journey planning initiatives which are typically supported.

Grants available are between £5k and £50k and need to be match funded by public, community and third sector organisations who wish to encourage healthier and greener travel choices.

Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, said: “The Smarter Choices Smarter Places Open Fund continues to support innovative behavioural change projects which encourage active and sustainable travel choices.

“I’m pleased that we have previously provided £4.3 million through Paths for All in the first two-years of the Open Fund, supporting 177 projects right across Scotland. 

“This year, the Open Fund takes place in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the scheme has evolved to support our Transport Transition Plan – including seeking to provide incentives for working at home, in addition to active travel projects, in order to help manage demand on Scotland’s public transport network.”



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