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Plugged-in Communities Grant Fund

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The Plugged-in Communities Grant Fund (formerly Plugged-in Households) will continue supporting Scottish community transport organisations in 2022/23.

The funding can cover the purchase of up to three zero emission vehicles to support community trips and services.

The additional funding follows a popular pilot fund launched last year, which supported community transport organisations and highlighted the high demand from the sector to help make the switch to zero emission vehicles.

This fund will be open in July 2022 for six weeks.

How to apply

If you are a community transport organisation and are interested in this funding, please register your interest by emailing us your name at

Once the fund opens, we will send out a pre-application check to complete to ensure your organisation meets the fund’s criteria.

Plugged-in Communities is funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Energy Saving Trust.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that receipt of additional funding will not breach new public subsidy rules.

Eligibility criteria

This year, the fund will allow organisations to apply for 100% funding for between one and three vehicles.

Applicants must meet all the following criteria to be eligible for funding under the Plugged-in Communities Grant Fund:

  • Recognised community transport organisation or operator in Scotland with a UK bank account.


  • Provide community transport services. The Community Transport Association define community transport as ‘flexible and accessible community-led solutions in response to unmet local transport needs, and often represents the only means of transport for many vulnerable and isolated people, often older people or people with disabilities’.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to provide sufficient charging infrastructure for all electric vehicles funded and/or have access to reliable and sufficient refuelling services/electric chargepoints to meet the needs of their journeys.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to help Energy Saving Trust and Transport Scotland with the distribution of surveys to residents to assist with monitoring of the scheme.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that receipt of additional funding will not breach new public subsidy rules. 

Advice sessions

We will be hosting advice sessions whilst the fund is open. After registering interest in the funding, we will send out information and dates for these sessions.

Previous funding

Previous rounds of funding supported housing associations, housing cooperatives and community groups, and included the launch of zero-emission car club services for residents and local communities

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Last updated: 8 June 2022