Scotland’s going green, and there’s £13.25m up for grabs to help develop healthy and eco-friendly travel!
But where is this money coming from?
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) have a Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund, which has contributed £8.4m to help Scotland create a more sustainable future. Administered by the Scottish government and delivered through the Energy Saving Trust, this funding will bring new opportunities for travel in Scotland.
The Scottish secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, stated: “Through the previous two rounds of the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund just over £8.5m has been awarded. This year, a further £13.25m is available, thanks to European Regional Development and Scottish government funding,
Senior programme manager at Energy Saving Trust says that the funding is “intended to provide local communities with greater and easier access to active travel and low carbon transport hubs and paths. These projects work to support the Scottish Government’s objectives of reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and encouraging improved health outcomes through boosting the use of active travel.”
However, this is not the first time The Challenge Fund has benefitted Scotland.
Michael Matheson says, “we’ve seen the recently launched Irvine travel hub, with work soon commencing in Stromness to improve air quality, alongside the construction of an innovative electric vehicle charging hub in Falkirk which uses renewable energy.”
From walking and cycling, to electric vehicles, the funding is here to help lower carbon emissions, through sustainable transport solutions and, in the long run, help fight climate change.
Any organisation within the public, community and third sectors can now apply. Depending on circumstances, applicants will be able to receive up to 70-80% of their costs.
The final deadline for applicants is the 25th October.
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