Sustainable travel grants available


Businesses, schools and community organisations can now apply for funding to help reduce their carbon emissions.

North Somerset Council’s travel grant funding scheme encourages people to travel sustainably – whether by cycling, walking or car sharing. The funding window re-opens on Wednesday 1 May and funding of up to £3,000 is available to organisations wanting to make it easier for their staff, students or visitors to leave their cars at home.

Funded by the Department for Transport, the grants help towards reducing carbon emissions from transport which currently makes up around a third of the UK’s total emissions.

For the past two years thousands of pounds of funding has benefitted local groups. Last year saw just over £38,000 worth of funding approved with more than £180,000 of match funding from the organisations themselves.

St Anne’s Church Academy received £500 to help install scooter parking. The storage is part of the school’s wider sustainable travel plan to help families travel actively and school business leader Helen Burge said: “Without this funding it might have taken a couple of years to save for and during this time other priorities might have superseded the original plan.”

Other successful applicants include eat:Festivals which received £2,700 to encourage walking and cycling to their events and Paneltech who received £3,000 towards changing facilities at their Clevedon site.

Grants must be at least 50-50 match funded by the organisation and submitted by Friday 31 May.

Download the application form from travelwest.info/businesses/north-somerset.

For information on other initiatives to encourage sustainable travel contact sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk