Businesses, schools and community organisations in North Somerset can now apply for grants to support on-site initiatives that will make it easier for staff, customers, visitors or students to choose zero-emission and active travel options.
A new round of match-funded active travel grants has opened today (Wednesday 9 June).
Funded by the Department for Transport’s Access Fund and administered by North Somerset Council, the grants offer up to 50 per cent match-funding (up to a total of £3,000 per organisation) in a bid to help reduce carbon emissions from transport which make up around a third of the UK’s total carbon emissions.
In 2020-21 similar grants helped support diverse projects across North Somerset to increase active travel options. Duncan Wilmot works with First Point Logistics in Portishead, a company that used its grant towards a fleet of staff pool bikes.
Churchill School used its grant towards a bike shelter and waterproof outdoor lockers, while Uphill Village Academy installed two covered junior cycle shelters and scooter racks.
Community organisation Streamcross Church received match-funding towards its new cycle parking, and the Friends of Grove Park put theirs towards an electric bike and trailer to help them carry out their work in a zero-emissions way.
Tyntesfield Medical Group bought a trishaw and now runs a project with volunteer leaders to take people on rides who wouldn’t normally get the opportunity. Weston General Hospital installed a new covered cycle shelter and has plans to purchase a fleet of electric pool bikes for key worker use.
The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 16 July. A subsequent round of grants may be announced if the funding is not fully allocated during this first application window.