Energy Saving Trust announced today that local authorities are now able to bid for up to £200,000 of funding from the Department for Transport’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund Local Authority Scheme, delivered by Energy Saving Trust. A pot of £1,200,000 funding has been made available and will be used to purchase ecargo bikes in their area. The money can be used to support up to 100% of the cost of ecargo bikes for local businesses, as well as to fund ecargo bikes for use within local authority fleets.
Local authorities are well positioned to advocate and influence low carbon transport solutions in their areas through the services they deliver. This scheme is aimed at utilising local expertise to ensure that ecargo bikes are used effectively to maximise their multiple benefits.
Tim Anderson, head of transport at Energy Saving Trust, said: “As of December 2019, funding for over 450 ecargo bikes has been requested, half of which have been approved in grant offer letters to applicants. The new offering to local authorities is the first of its kind with up to £200,000 available to each successful authority. It will enable further support and enable businesses across England in their efforts towards adopting low carbon transport solutions. eCargo bikes help reduce congestion and improve air quality while offering tangible fuel cost savings.”
Applications are now being accepted from local authorities, and the submission deadline is 28 February 2020. Energy Saving Trust will assess applications in March 2020, with grant offer letters distributed by 30 April 2020. Local authorities will have six months from the time the grant offer letter is issued to drawdown the funding. Funding is only available to local authorities implementing ecargo bikes in England, Scottish and Welsh authorities can apply if they meet this criteria.
The eCargo Bike Grant Fund remains open for individual applications from organisations to apply for up to £1,000 per ecargo bike for a maximum of 200 ecargo bikes. Grant funding is available to limited companies, sole traders, partnerships, charities and not-for-profit organisations operating across England. Case studies of successful applicants Peloton and Ride Clean are available on the project web page.
All eCargo Bike Grant Fund support is conditional on recipients signing up to a robust code of practice, which includes cycle safety best practice, developed in association with the UK Cycle Logistics Federation and the Bicycle Association.
The eCargo Bike Grant Fund eligibility criteria, code of practice and application forms are available here.
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Energy Saving Trust
Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, low carbon transport and sustainable energy use. We aim to address the climate emergency and deliver the wider benefits of clean energy as the UK transitions to net zero.
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eCargo Bike Grant Fund
Funded by the Department for Transport, the £2 million eCargo Bike Grant Fund is available to:
- Local authorities- Up to £200,000 of funding is available to local authorities from the eCargo Bike Grant Fund Local Authority Scheme to purchase ecargo bikes in their area. The money can be used to support up to 100% of the cost of ecargo bikes for local businesses, as well as fund ecargo bikes for use within local authority fleets.
- Limited companies, sole traders, partnerships, charities and not-for-profit organisations- public, community or third sector organisations are also eligible providing they meet the eligibility criteria. eCargo Bike Grant funding covers up to 20% of the total cost of an ecargo bike, up to a maximum of £1,000 per bike. To be eligible for funding, an ecargo bike must have minimum 125 litre cargo volume capacity and minimum 130 kg weight capacity (combined rider and cargo weight).
Read case studies featuring successful applicants Peloton and Ride Clean.