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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.

Transport Scotland has committed a further £900,000 towards the eBike Grant Fund in 2021/22. The funding is available to assist local authorities, public sector agencies, further and higher education institutions, active travel hubs and community groups to adopt ebikes as a sustainable alternative to car journeys. The fund can be used to cover the cost of ebikes, etrikes, ecargo bikes, cargo bikes and trailers, tandems, adapted cycles, and trikes.

Projects can also apply for extra funding, limited to 5% of the total project cost, to provide subsidised access to ebike hire for targeted groups. This is to ensure that these target groups, such as those on low incomes, with disabilities or mobility issues, jobseekers, modern apprentices, young people, and students have equal access to ebike opportunities.

The latest round of the eBike Grant Fund builds on three previous years of funding. In 2018/19, £932,000 was awarded to 46 organisations and in 2019/20, over £1,050,000 was awarded to 58 projects. In 2020/21, £410,600 was awarded to 33 eBike Grant Fund projects, £223,000 to 12 ebikes for key worker projects and £78,000 to 12 ecargo bike research projects.

Further details of all successful projects can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time before the final deadlines. The interim deadlines detailed below allow for staggered assessment of applications throughout the year, meaning awards are granted on an ongoing basis.

The eBike Grant Fund will continue to be split into two separate streams. Category A offers up to £25,000 towards projects that will provide opportunities to their communities to trial ebikes.

  • Category A – Interim deadline 1 – Friday 23 July 2021
  • Category A – Interim deadline 2 – Friday 24 September 2021
  • Category A – Final deadline 3 – Friday 3 December 2021

Category B offers up to £200,000 per application towards large-scale fleets of pool bikes or public bikeshare/hire schemes and promoting large scale uptake of ebikes. There are two deadlines for application reviews and awards granted throughout the year.

  • Category B – Interim deadline 1 – Friday 6 August 2021
  • Category B – Final deadline 2 – Friday 8 October 2021

If all funds are allocated before the deadlines stated above, the fund will close to applications. To request an application form, please email [email protected].

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

Drop-in support sessions

Energy Saving Trust will be hosting a series of drop-in sessions across several dates in June, July and August 2021. These online sessions are a great opportunity for applicants to ask any questions or discuss any aspects of the fund or their application.

Existing grantees are also welcome to attend these drop-ins to discuss claims, reporting, the project launch or anything else related to the fund.

The sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams. Please select a date and click the link below to join:

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.

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Additional resources

  • eBike Grant Fund 2021/22 - Guidance and information for applicants

    Download (PDF)
  • eBike Grant Fund leaflet

    Download (PDF)
  • Smarter Choices - A useful resource providing funding, advice, information and inspiration to help individuals and organisations from the private, public and charitable sectors increase their uptake of active and sustainable travel options

    Visit Smarter Choices

Last updated: 7 September 2021