Funding for communities to make artistic improvements to the National Cycle Network in Scotland

News story posted: 17/01/2019

Circle of Light Cycle Path EventFunding is available to enable and empower communities to make improvements to the National Cycle Network for the benefit of place quality, enjoyment and active travel.


The Sustrans Scotland ArtRoots fund is a community fund for artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network in Scotland.


The fund supports local enterprise and culture, whilst also showcasing talent, intergenerational co-operation, expression, and creating a platform for youngsters to be heard through their arts. It also encourages communities to participate in shaping their local environment and increase their levels of physical activity.


Sustrans want to encourage more people to travel by bike or foot, and by making cycle routes more attractive and enjoyable more people could be encouraged to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper methods of travel.


Communities have the best knowledge of their local area and often the best ideas for how to improve it – we want to put the power to make improvements into the hands of the community.


Grants of up to £5,000 are available and the fund is for constituted community groups based in Scotland. We will also consider applications from non-constituted groups.


Examples of what the Fund can be applied for:


  •  Sculptures, murals and mosaics
  • Benches and seating
  • Decorative signage
  • Planters and plant pots
  • Interpretation boards
  • Interactive objects and play equipment
  • Transient art (e.g. temporary installations)
  • Live performances
  • Lighting (not to be powered through the mains) (e.g. embedded solar powered lights)
  • Plants
  • Paint
  • Repairs and improvements to existing artwork and interpretation
  • Designer and artist fees
  • Contractors and machinery hire
  • Local press advertisement
  • Planning permission
  • Insurance


Interested community groups are asked to fill out a brief online expression of interest form so we can advise whether your project is eligible for this fund. A link to this and details on the next round of funding can be found in the downloadable guideline document. Read the full ArtRoots Fund Guidelines.


Funding rounds typically run three times a year, but groups are encouraged to submit an expression of interest at any point. Sustrans will be accepting completed expression of interest forms throughout 2019-20.


The closing date for full applications for the current funding round will be advised upon receipt of a group's expression of interest.


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