£1 million fund launched ahead of 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds
Communities across Scotland are to be given the chance to celebrate the transformative power of the bike thanks to the launch of a £1 million fund to support sustainable cycling projects and events.
The £1 million Community Cycling Fund, which is being delivered in partnership between our EventScotland team, sportscotland and the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will help support and deliver community cycling projects and events over the next two years. It has been developed with the aim of creating a national celebration of cycling across all of Scotland’s 32 Local Authority areas, in the build up to the Championships, and to create a lasting benefit post event.
The investment is part of a campaign to focus on the benefits of cycling in 2023 as Glasgow and Scotland gear up to host the biggest cycling event ever staged anywhere in the world by engaging new audiences to participate in organised and inclusive cycling activity and events. It will engage local communities by creating a platform to encourage cycling with a focus on underrepresented groups as well as adding value to existing cycling initiatives, programmes, events and infrastructure.
The Community Cycling Fund is initially a two-year programme funded by sportscotland and EventScotland and is made up of two separate funding opportunities with investment awarded separately. The first opportunity – the Development Strand – will be administered by sportscotland with up to £350,000 per year invested direct to Local Authorities. The second opportunity – the Events strand – will be administered by EventScotland who will award up to £160,000 per year for events and festivals through an open fund.
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Events strand are currently being accepted by EventScotland, with applicants able to apply for awards between £5,000 and £15,000 for events taking place from the 1 August 2022 to the 31 March 2023.