Place to Ride Grants – ongoing until January 2021

Article date
15 July 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Places to Ride Programme will fund the development of multi-use facilities to engage with a broad spectrum of cyclists and to encourage people who have never cycled before to get on their bikes.

The programme has been made possible through a new £15 million commitment from government and will be delivered over the next three years through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

Applications can also be made to improve existing cycling facilities and support opportunities to ride in communities across England.

What they want to achieve
  • Encourage more people from a range of different backgrounds regardless of gender, age, ability or ethnicity to engage with cycling in all its forms. They want to provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment; focusing especially on provision that responds to the needs of women and girls and people with a disability.
  • Invest in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. Recognise the wider benefits of riding a bike to enable societal benefits such as community cohesion, reducing social isolation and promoting health and well-being through prevention.
  • Ensure they deliver a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, that will continue to be deliverable in the future.
Who do they want to work with

Any organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations, including clubs, local authorities, community organisations, education establishments and charitable organisations. Examples of projects that might be funded include:

  • New cycling facilities
  • Improvements to existing cycling facilities, such as lighting, fencing, workshop space or toilets
  • Learn to ride areas
  • Combined and co-located schemes with various cycling facility types available
  • Equipment such as bicycles, specialised bicycles, storage facilities, data-tracking monitors, coaching equipment, etc.
  • Cycling kit & equipment
  • Training equipment
  • Cycle storage etc.
Funding available

A total of £15 million is available for the three year grants programme. Small grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available. It is expected that the average grant will be much less than £50,000. Larger grants of up to £500,000 are available for larger projects.

When to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time from now until January 2021 and decisions will be made every 12 weeks.

How to apply