Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund will provide capital funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs.
Public, community and third sector organisations were invited to bid for up to 40/50% of their total project costs, up to £2 million, with the remainder of project costs provided through match funding from other non-European public sources. In June 2017, £3.25 million was awarded to five projects.
Following the first round of funding awards, there remains £2.15 million of ERDF funding available for projects in the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS), and £2.3 million ERDF funding for projects in the Highlands and Islands (H&I).
Transport Scotland has made the following changes to the criteria for the second funding call:
Total eligible project costs are set at a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £2 million.
Applications are required to match the ERDF funding. Applicants in H&I can apply for up to 70% of their eligible project costs. The 70% ERDF intervention rate for H&I is subject to European Commission approval. The LUPS level remains unchanged and applicants can apply for up to 40% of their eligible project costs.
Path-only applications will be considered provided they can demonstrate that the path works are of sufficient scale and strategic importance, supporting functional trips.
Projects must be completed by December 2019.
Funding for the second call will be awarded in March/April 2018.