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WHAT WE FUND

Walking and Cycling Grants London is a programme which supports London’s diverse communities to walk and cycle more often and more safely. The programme, funded by Transport for London and administered by Groundwork London, offers grants to projects of up to £10,000 over a three year period.
The programme aims to:

  • Increase walking and cycling in London (including new, lapsed or occasional cyclists)
  • Increase confidence in walking and cycling
  • Increase walking and cycling frequency
  • Make bike ownership more accessible
  • Introduce exercise to people who are particularly inactive via walking and cycling
  • Reduce social isolation and get people involved in their local community

Walking and cycling makes people healthier and happier and is an affordable, green and fun way to get around and explore the city and to get some exercise. Just ask anyone you know who frequently walks or cycles!
London is fast becoming a cycling city and Cycling Grants London wants to make sure all Londoners benefit from the joys of cycling, regardless of their background or situation. Often people don’t cycle because they lack the opportunity, information, skills, confidence or motivation to do so; or because they do not have access to a bicycle or the means to maintain it. Cycling Grants London supports community organisations that work with those who need encouragement and support to get them cycling. If you have an idea to inspire and support people in your community to cycle more often and cycle more safely, Cycling Grants London may be able to support you!
 

Type of grants available

Organisations that have not received a grant from Walking and Cycling Grants London or the Cycling Grants London before, OR that have but are looking to deliver a new project,* can apply for the following funding:

£10,000 for Three Year Projects

  • Year 1 – up to £5,000
  • Year 2 – up to £3,000
  • Year 3 – up to £2,000

 

Please note that you can only apply for Year 2 and Year 3 grants in conjunction with and at the same time that you apply for the Year 1 Grant.

At the end of each year your project will be assessed to determine that it is being delivered according to plan. Funding for Year 2 and 3 will only be released if this condition has been met.
Each organisation can submit up to 3 applications in one Walking and Cycling Grants London funding round. The individual projects in each of the applications need to meet the eligibility and evaluation criteria, e.g. an organisation may apply for 3 different grants to cover projects delivered at 3 of its branches; or develop 3 different and distinct projects.
Please note that whilst it is possible to apply for 3 grants per organisation, justification for doing so must be robust. All applications will be judged against the criteria set. Funding through Walking and Cycling Grants London is limited so we urge applicants to consider the merits of submitting more than one application before doing so. For advice and guidance on multiple bids, please contact the grants administrators at Groundwork via WCGL@groundwork.org.uk

* A project is considered new if it meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • It has not received funding via WCGL or CGL in the past
  • It has a new deliverable, or objective
  • It is targeted to a distinct new audience
  • It is delivered from a new branch of an existing organisation
  • It is delivered in a new geographic location
  • It is a completely different project/idea from the one that was funded by the WCGL or CGL fund before
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