Social Housing Fund

social housing banner

Supporting walking and cycling through social housing providers.

Social housing fund - now open!
The fund supports residents living in social housing across Scotland by providing funding for improved facilities to make walking and cycling easier, more attractive and more accessible.

These benefits can be felt especially by people living in areas of high deprivation, overcoming transport poverty, isolation and health inequalities. 

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


How much is available?
£25,000 is available per site for a range of infrastructure proposals including secure cycle parking, street furniture such seating, litter bins, bollards and planters as well as improvements to access points and lighting.


How to apply?

Download the application pack

The fund is currently open and accepting applications until Monday 3rd February 2020.

Read the guidance in the application pack and contact us socialhousingfund@cycling.scot to discuss your application or any other questions.


Who can apply?

Social housing providers and registered social landlords such as housing associations and local authorities who actively promote walking & cycling options for residents.

Find social housing providers who have been funded:


Testimonial: Elderpark Housing Association

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.”


Any questions?
Get in touch by email or call 0141 229 5350 to register your interest or if you have any questions.