Shared Transport for Communities Scottish Micro-grants 2021

In 2021/22, CoMoUK has funding to offer micro-grants of up to £2,500, to established Scottish community groups setting-up a new shared transport scheme – either bike share, car share or ride share.

The aim of the fund is to support organisations to set up the sharing of assets. It has been identified there are various funding streams available for cars and bikes, but setting up the sharing element of these is not always included.

Who can apply?

  • Third sector organisations, social enterprises, and established community groups
  • An organisation can only apply for one grant per year
  • The applicant should be able to demonstrate essential assets (such as cars or bikes) have already been purchased or funding has been secured for these
  • The organisation and new shared transport scheme must be located in Scotland

What can the grant be spent on?

Micro-grants can only be used to help set up new schemes. The grant must be used to help facilitate the sharing of assets, this includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  • Specific equipment to facilitate the sharing aspect of the scheme – for example TELEMATICS / BACK OFFICE software for car sharing schemes
  • Examples for bike share projects include software or equipment that helps with the actual sharing of the project – e.g., subscriptions to smart phone sharing apps, online booking platform and trackers*

* Please note, when purchasing either physical or smartphone-based trackers for your bikes (for the purpose of safety and understanding journey type), you must comply with GDPR guidance and ensure bike users have seen a policy and understand how the trackers and relevant data will be used.

If you are applying for funding for the above, you can also apply for funding to cover certain aspects of promoting the new scheme (the grant cannot be solely used for promotional costs only). For example:

  • Promotional materials to help brand and advertise the scheme
  • Livery costs

CoMoUK will assess applications on a case-by-case basis, so if your idea isn’t listed above, please contact us to discuss your proposal.

Where the cost is incurred monthly (i.e., some telematics systems have a monthly fee), CoMoUK will cover the cost for 12 months, up to a maximum £2,500 (including any set up costs).

What it cannot cover

  • Salaries / staff not staff costs
  • Overheads
  • Feasibility work
  • Costs for an existing scheme
  • Costs that have already been incurred
  • Costs that can be funded via other Transport Scotland funds, i.e., electric vehicles, e-bikes, e-bike storage etc.

Eligibility

Please check the following to ensure you match the eligibility criteria:

  • You are a registered organisation (funds cannot be paid to an individual)
  • You must be a third sector organisation, social enterprise or established community group
  • Your aims are to establish and promote the use of shared transport in your area
  • You have a project plan in place for your shared transport project demonstrating its long-term sustainability
  • The project will be launched within 3 months of the grant being awarded
  • The organisation and new scheme are based in Scotland

Guidance and application form available here.