29 November 2017
£10,000 grants available to not-for-profit groups to encourage residents from their local community to cycle and walk to access work, school or trainingWest Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme has opened a Community Grants scheme to support delivery of the Department for Transport’s Cycling and Walking to Work fund. The objectives are:
- To improve access to employment and apprenticeships / training opportunities by facilitating commuting by cycle or on foot.
- To promote cycling and walking to work among existing employees to improve public health and to reduce congestion and improve air quality.
- To move the unemployed into the labour market and to support underemployed people into better jobs by making new travel to work options available.
This scheme is aimed at community or non-profit organisations, to provide grassroots support within communities across West Yorkshire, helping different groups access employment, training and apprenticeships through active means. The total amount of grant funding available is £150,000. This is split into a nominal amount of £30,000 per West Yorkshire district and the maximum that one organisation can apply for is £10,000. Grants will be allocated via a competitive process whereby groups and organisations apply to receive funding and are awarded based on their alignment with fund objectives and ability to deliver the associated outcomes. The application window for the CityConnect Community Grants scheme opens on Monday 27 November for five weeks, closing on Sunday 31 December. Delivery of successful projects must be complete by 31 July 2017.
Why is CityConnect doing this?
Encouraging more West Yorkshire residents to walk or cycle for their everyday journeys has many benefits for the region including;
- Reduction of congestion in urban areas resulting in safer roads and lower carbon and nitrogen emissions. ·
- A healthier population relieving pressures on local health services. ·
- Improving inclusive growth in areas of high health, social and economic inequalities. ·
- Providing easier, affordable ways for people to travel to work and access new employment opportunities.
- Find out more at: cyclecityconnect.co.uk/grants