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Supporting walking and cycling through social housing providers.

Choosing to walk or cycle can have a big impact on physical health, mental wellbeing, connecting people with their communities and encouraging healthier lifestyles. These benefits can be felt especially by people living in areas of high deprivation, overcoming transport poverty, isolation and health inequalities.

Through the Social Housing Fund for Improved Walking and Cycling Facilities, tenants living in housing associations and tenement residential properties across Scotland will soon be able to enjoy improved facilities to make walking and cycling easier, more attractive and more accessible.

The fund isn't currently open for applications but if you're interested in finding out more, please do email us


What is the fund?
The Social Housing Fund is available to social housing providers and registered social landlords across Scotland to encourage and support active travel within communities. The fund, supported by the Scottish Government, prioritises areas of high deprivation with the aim of encouraging walking and cycling for everyday journeys.

Cycling Scotland is working in partnership with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Living Streets Scotland and Sustrans Scotland.


Why apply?
The fund improves facilities for walking and cycling, enabling residents, tenants and housing staff to enjoy their outside space and get active. 


How much is available?
Social housing providers can apply for grants of up to £25,000 for a range of infrastructure proposals including cycle parking shelters, street furniture such seating, litter bins, bollards and planters as well as improvements to access points and lighting. 


Who can apply?
Social housing providers who are looking to actively promote walking and cycling options for residents. 

The fund will prioritise areas of high deprivation and properties that aim to encourage residents to incorporate walking and cycling as part of their daily journeys to and from work, to go shopping, attend appointments, and visit family and friends.   


How to apply?

The fund is now closed but you can contact socialhousingfund@cycling.scot if you have any questions about future funding.