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eBike Grant Fund

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Please note that this page contains information and links most relevant for people living in Scotland.

The 2020/21 eBike Grant Fund is currently closed to applications. Please check this page for updates on further rounds of eBike Grant Fund support. 

Successful applicants to the 2020/21 eBike Grant Fund were announced on 15 February 2021. The scheme is funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Energy Saving Trust.

Local authorities, public sector agencies, further and higher education institutions, active travel hubs and community groups were invited to apply for funding to adopt ebikes, etrikes, ecargo bikes, cargo bikes and trailers, tandems, adapted cycles and trikes. To encourage uptake of the funded cycles, applicants could also apply for additional funding to support subsidised access to ebike hire/loan schemes for people with mobility issues, those on low income, jobseekers, modern apprentices, young people, and students.

So far, the 2020/21 round of funding has awarded £410,600 to 33 eBike Grant Fund projects and £223,000 to 12 ebikes for key worker projects. These projects follow on from 12 ecargo bike projects announced in December 2020, with costs totalling £78,000.

This builds on two previous years of funding:

  • Year 1 2018/19 awarded £932,000 to 46 projects
  • Year 2 2019/20 awarded £1,050,000 to 58 projects

See full details of successful eBike Grant Fund 2020/21 projects

Full details of successful projects in previous years are available at the bottom of this page.

eBikes for key workers

As part of the eBike Grant Fund, Energy Saving Trust offered previously funded grantees the chance to apply for up to £20,000 of funding for the provision of ebikes to support key and essential workers.

The ebikes would be loaned to key and essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis, providing workers with an alternative commute travel mode.

A total of 12 organisations were successful in receiving a combined total of £223,000 in funding.

See full details of successful ebikes for key workers projects

eCargo Bike Research Project

Energy Saving Trust announced on 15 December 2020 that 11 organisations have been successful in the eCargo Bike Research Project, funded by Transport Scotland and administered by Energy Saving Trust. The project, supported by the eBike Grant Fund, offers organisations in Scotland the opportunity to trial an ecargo bike for 12 months, free of charge. These trials will allow Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust to gather data and user-experiences to inform the potential of ecargo bike use for addressing both business needs and the climate emergency.

The successful submissions to the project demonstrated a broad range of applications for the ecargo bike trials.

View full details of the successful projects.

Free webinar

A webinar has been recorded to help prospective applicants develop their proposals so that they meet the desired programme outcomes. View the webinar.

Home Energy Scotland ebike trials

Home Energy Scotland’s short-term ebike trials are currently on hold. Home Energy Scotland’s ebikes are being loaned to key workers during the Covid-19 crisis. If you are a key worker and are interested in using an ebike, get in touch with your local centre by phoning 0808 808 2282 for information on availability and terms and conditions, or visit the Home Energy Scotland website. Alternatively, you can find other cycling offers for key workers on Sustrans’ interactive map.

If you have any queries about the eBike Grant Fund, please email [email protected] or call 07500 826 147.

Energy Saving Trust is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This fund is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

 

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Applications and guidance

  • eBike Grant Fund 2020/2021 - Round 4

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  • eBikes for Key Workers 20-21 - Guidance and Information for Applicants

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  • Business eCargo Bike research project 20-21 - Guidance and Information

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