£135,000 grants launched to promote cycling in West Yorkshire

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go:cycling is launching a Community Grants Fund to help local voluntary and not-for-profit groups and organisations promote, encourage and support adult cycling across West Yorkshire.

Set up to encourage more adults in West Yorkshire to cycle, go:cycling has a total of £135,000.

There are two levels of funding with £115,000 to support larger projects from £5,000 to a maximum value of £25,000 and an additional £20,000 for smaller projects up to a maximum value of £2,000.

Community Grants aim to enable people to take up cycling or cycle more, use cycling in their day-to-day lives, to promote cycling as a fun activity accessible to all.

They will help promote ‘utility cycling’ such as cycling to work, for shopping and running errands and to increase the use of cycle infrastructure across West Yorkshire.

Successful applicants will have to demonstrate the potential of their proposal to promote and increase cycling in West Yorkshire, whether through an entirely new activity, or the enhancement of an existing project.

Funding is available as a one-off grant so applicants will need to have considered the future sustainability of their project.

Anyone wishing to submit a grant application should visit www.cffc.co.uk/portfolio/gocycling/

Some of the kind of projects that might be considered are those which could help people lacking equipment, skill, knowledge or confidence through activities such as group rides and bike loan and recycling schemes while promoting safer cycling to enable people of all ages, backgrounds and fitness/mobility levels to experience the benefits of cycling.

The grants are also intended to support the principal objectives of the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan (WYLTP).

The plan aims to improve connectivity to support economic activity and growth in West Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region while making substantial progress towards a low carbon, sustainable local transport system to enhance the quality of life of people living, working and visiting West Yorkshire.