Cycling in National Parks grants

The Government is now inviting Local Authorities in partnership with National Parks to bid for a Cycle Grant to support improvements in cycling infrastructure to enable more people to cycle in and around National parks.

The grant is for 2013-2015 and will be administered through the Linking Communities programme

The Linking Communities programme, administered by the transport charity Sustrans, distributes The Department’s grant funding to local authorities and includes advice on prospective schemes.

Funding and eligibility

The Department for Transport has published details about how it will allocate the £42m investment in cycling announced in last year’s autumn statement with £16.8m in 2013-14 and £25.2m in 2014-15. This funding is part of the overall £107m the Government announced during 2012 for investment over 2012-13 to 2014-15, and in addition to the £600m for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund spread over the four years to 2014-15.

The £42m will comprise two elements – an urban element and an element for rural areas that are covered by National Parks.

The areas eligible to apply for those Grants are those Local Authorities who can demonstrate a collaborative project with a National Park. They should ensure improved linkages or development of cycling routes and facilities in a National Park or as part of a journey to a National Park.

For the successful Local Authorities, the Government expect to provide funding of up to £5m over the next 2 years. In addition, they expect Local Authorities to commit to match funding of at least 30%.

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This article was taken from Living Sports Newsletter.

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