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eCargo Bike Grant Fund

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

*Update 24 January 2022* Following the phenomenal success of the £400,000 national eCargo Bike Grant Fund 2021/22, Energy Saving Trust and Department for Transport are pleased to announce that an additional £300,000 was made available to applicants.

The fund, which has now closed, was extremely popular among small businesses and sole traders, giving them an opportunity to introduce ecargo bikes into their everyday transport operations.

Initially made available across England on 30 July 2021, the eCargo Bike Grant Fund invited organisations to apply for 40% of the total cost of an ecargo bike, with a maximum of £2,500 for two-wheel models and £4,500 for three-wheel models. Applicants were able to opt for up to five bikes per organisation and were also able to submit joint ‘high-street’ applications for shared ecargo bikes.

Due to the success of the fund, the application portal closed on 8 October 2021 as the application threshold was reached. An additional £300,000 was then made available to applicants with applications already submitted on 3 November 2021.

Please read here for further details.

eCargo Bike Grant Fund 2021/22

£400,000 has been made available by the Department for Transport in 2021 for the purchase of ecargo bikes, to support businesses switching to a sustainable transport solution.

  • Funding covers up to 40% of the total cost of an ecargo bike, up to a maximum of £2,500 for two-wheel models and £4,500 for three-wheel models.
  • Applications will be capped at five bikes per organisation. Larger applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications may include more than one organisation. In these joint ‘high-street’ applications, a lead applicant will be responsible for submitting the application.

For more information please see the Eligibility Criteria and Code of Practice.

The application deadline is 14 December 2021. The claim deadline is 14 February 2022. eCargo bikes do not need to have been delivered for the grant to be paid.

Local authority project directory

The ecargo bike scheme, funded by Department for Transport and administered by Energy Saving Trust, has seen 14 local authorities secure funding from the £1.2 million local authority eCargo Bike Grant Fund in this financial year. A further 18 local authorities secured £1.4 million from the 2019/20 eCargo Bike Grant Fund.

The aim of the scheme has been to encourage the large-scale uptake of ecargo bikes to support sustainable active business travel, to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

Find out more about the recipients of the eCargo Bike Grant Fund local authority scheme.

Resources

The eCargo Bike Grant Fund Information Pack answers essential FAQs, and includes an initial list of suppliers and retailers whose ecargo bikes are eligible for the funding. Please note we are no longer maintaining this list of suppliers and retailers.

Want more information on ecargo bikes? See our guides and webinars:

FAQs

Case studies

Read about organisations that have accessed the eCargo Bike Grant Fund, and how this funding has benefited them. If you are a recipient of this fund and want to contribute a case study, please contact ecargobikegrant@est.org.uk.

Case Studies

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Sies Petcare Case study

Sies Petcare

A case study on delivering sustainable transport in animal care using ecargo bikes.
Ecofleet Case study

Ecofleet

The London-based start-up provides efficient delivery services that beat the traffic, reduce pollution and cut the number of cars and vans on the road.
Peloton Liverpool Case study

Peloton Liverpool

The social enterprise aims to deliver a better cycling experience to all through skills development programmes.
Ride Clean Case study

Ride Clean

The company was created in 2017 to deliver clean bikes for clean travel, offering its services to offices, cycling hubs, cafes and houses.
Mid Sussex Electrical Ltd Case study

Mid Sussex Electrical Ltd

A case study on the UK’s first electrical contractor to adopt an ecargo bike.
Cycling Coach Services Case study

Cycling Coach Services

A case study on Jason Falconer's experience of using ecargo bikes to teach cycling and orienteering across Dorset.
Box Bike Delivery Case study

Box Bike Delivery

Box Bike Delivery took advantage of Energy Saving Trust’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund to purchase an ecargo bike and an ecargo trailer.
The Cycling Sparks Case study

The Cycling Sparks

Aaron Fleming-Saheed, an electrician from South East London, switched from using a van and public transport to a more sustainable option.
Brighton and Hove Council Case study

Brighton and Hove Council Communities, Equality and Third-Sector Team

Central community support delivered by ecargo bikes.
Brighton and Hove City Council Case study

Brighton and Hove City Council Post Room

Brighton and Hove City Council Post Room services delivered by ecargo bikes.
BHESCo Case study

Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative

Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo), implemented the use of ecargo bikes for home visits across Sussex.
Brighton Gin Case study

Brighton Gin

Brighton Gin implemented ecargo bikes as part of the Brighton ecargo bike accelerator project.
Mittens Plumbing and Heating Case study

Mittens Plumbing, Heating and Bathroom Design

Based in Brighton and Hove, Mittens implemented ecargo bikes for central site visits.
Zedify Case study

Zedify ecargo bikes

Zedify expanded their operations with a clean and efficient delivery service using ecargo bikes.
Lewes and Eastbourne Council Case study

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Implementing ecargo bikes in Lewes and Eastbourne to support social enterprises.
Emmanuel Caribbean Takeaway Case study

Emmanuel Caribbean Takeaway

Delivering Caribbean and Jamaican food by ecargo bike.
Southampton City Council Case study

Southampton City Council’s ecargo bikes

Southampton City Council loaned out bikes to a number of local businesses, aiming to improve air quality in the city.

Last updated: 27 June 2022