Places to Ride: Large grants application

Places to Ride: Large grants application

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It’s brilliant that you are thinking about applying for a large-scale grant from the Places to Ride programme; doing so will really impact the access that your community have to cycling for years to come.

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for £50,000 - £500,000

Please bear in mind that we want to fund as many projects as possible, so we will be looking for organisations to provide partnership funding towards the project total. The target is 50% of the sum, although we will consider applications with partnership funding less than this amount.

Who is it for?

If you are looking to build a new facility that is community-based, accessible and will drive increased participation in cycling, we recommend that you apply for this fund. Projects could either focus on the build or enhancement of traffic-free facilities, which must be designed to encourage increased participation from both existing and new cyclists, and ideally provide more than one discipline opportunities e.g. BMX and mountain biking in a single location.

We foresee most applicants being local authorities, charitable organisations or community organisations.

What is expected of you?

The programme has a two-stage application process.

Stage 1: We are looking for you to introduce the project idea, detailing who will benefit, what you are hoping to achieve and how it will happen. We will also be looking for basic information on governance arrangements, safeguarding and security of tenure. Once you have submitted Stage one you’ll receive feedback within 12 weeks on whether or not you have been successful.

Stage 2: Following approval of a stage one application, stage two requires additional detail to enable a funding award to be finalised. This includes supporting information to evidence eligibility as well as further project information through an agreed action plan, for which a framework will be provided.

We will be looking for you to provide information on:

  • governance arrangements (including financial management e.g. organisational bank account and governing documents)
  • policies and procedures to safeguard participants
  • security of tenure – whether free-hold or long-term lease
  • evidence of match-funding

What could this look like?

The first major legacy investment into cycling facilities – Doncaster Cycle Track – opened at the start of August. Doncaster Cycle Track is a 1km-long, 6 metre-wide traffic-free circuit for cyclists of all ages and abilities, expected to attract over 40,000 visitors in its first year alone. Featuring the a cobbled climb, the cycle track will be completed ahead of the junior women’s road race and men’s under-23 road race which start at the facility on 27 September. For further information about the circuit, read this article on its opening.

Make an application

Places to Ride prospectus

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Find out what information is required before making your application online by viewing the sample application form.