Transport Scotland has committed a further £900,000 towards the eBike Grant Fund in 2020/2021. Round four 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, adaptive bikes and trikes.
This builds on three previous rounds of funding. Round one allocated £470,000 to 19 organisations, round two awarded £462,000 to 27 projects while round three distributed just over £1,050,000 to 58 projects. In total, these projects have funded 875 ebikes and 41 ecargo bikes. The eBike Grant Fund will continue to be split into two separate streams.
Category A offers up to £25,000 of funding towards projects that will provide opportunities to their communities to trial ebikes. Applications can be submitted at any time up until December 2020, however interim deadlines are set for application reviews and awards granted on an ongoing basis.
Category A – Deadline 1 – Friday 14 August 2020
Category A – Deadline 2 – Friday 2 October 2020
Category A – Deadline 3 – Friday 18 December 2020
Category B offers up to £200,000 of funding 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 – Deadline 1 – Friday 28 August 2020
Category B – Deadline 2 – Friday 30 October 2020
Applications can be requested by emailing eBikeGrantsScot@est.org.uk
A webinar has been recorded to help prospective applicants develop their proposals so that they meet the desired programme outcomes. View the webinar.
Additionally, Energy Saving Trust is offering previously funded ebike grantees the chance to apply for up to £20,000 of funding for the provision of ebikes to support key and essential workers. Organisations would specifically loan the ebikes to key and essential workers during the Covid-19 crisis allowing workers an alternative commute travel mode. There are no match funding requirements with this element of the fund and organisations must ensure projects adhere to the priorities and outcomes of the eBike Grant Fund. Applications are available upon request from by emailing eBikeGrantsScot@est.org.uk
Supported by the eBike Grant Fund, the Business eCargo Research Project offers businesses the chance to apply for a free trial of an ecargo bike for a 12-month period. This opportunity enables businesses to trial an ecargo bike free of charge to be used for deliveries and essential operating needs of the company. The trials will enable Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust to gather data regarding the potential of ecargo bikes for addressing business needs. 10 ecargo bikes will be on offer and applications will be assessed on a first come, first served basis. Please see the application form below.
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. Alternatively, you can find other cycling offers for key workers on Sustrans’ interactive map.