Social Housing Fund
Helping people to live healthier lives through walking and cycling.
Working with social housing providers means that the multiple benefits of walking and cycling can be brought to people living in areas of deprivation, helping to overcome issues around access, transport poverty, isolation and health inequalities.
The fund makes it easier for residents living in social housing across Scotland to be healthier and more active through walking and cycling. By making it easier to store bikes, buggies and mobility aids securely as well as improving benches, planters and access points, the fund provides new facilities that make it easier, more enjoyable and more accessible for people to walk, cycle and spend time.
What? Apply for funding of up to £25,000 for facilities that will encourage residents to walk and cycle.
Why? Active travel can play a key role in helping to overcome health and socioeconomic issues.
Who? The fund is available to all social housing providers in Scotland.
How? Apply here.
Social housing providers have installed a range of infrastructure including secure cycle parking, safe spaces to store prams, buggies and mobility aids, street furniture such seating, litter bins, bollards and planters as well as improvements to access points and lighting.
You can see social housing providers that received a grant through the Social Housing Fund partnership in 2019 in the map below:
In September 2019, Elderpark Housing Association, based in Govan, Glasgow, received £25,000 to install cycle parking for the 2,700 residents living across their properties, where currently there is no cycle parking. Jim Fraser, Estate Management Inspector, said “lack of storage has been a key issue for residents, especially those in older tenement buildings, so installing bike parking will remove a significant barrier to the uptake in bike ownership and cycling as a healthy activity.
Govan is well established as an area of high deprivation and residents can often be found to have low household income and higher levels of household debt. This can impact greatly on people’s ability to access public transport beyond a limited geographical area and frequency due to a lack of sufficient finance.
The grant award from Cycling Scotland’s Social Housing Fund has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to give our residents safe, secure onsite storage, further promoting cycling as an activity that is good for health and emotional wellbeing, and encouraging residents to travel further afield in a relatively cheap and environmentally friendly way.”
If you have any questions about the fund, please get in touch with our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.