About Access Bikes
Access Bikes encourages people in Scotland who are financially struggling to cycle, by removing the barrier of high upfront costs of a bike and providing training and support to enable them to cycle confidently.
The programme offers capital grants to organisations across three funding streams, enabling them to provide cycles and accessories to people experiencing financial hardship in their community.
This funding is designed to support individuals who would not be able to afford to buy a bike themselves, enabling them to experience the benefits of cycling: saving money, helping the environment, giving them more transport choices and improving their health and wellbeing.
Funding stream 1: Main fund
This funding is for community organisations in Scotland that are supporting people who are struggling financially in communities hit hardest by the cost-of-living crisis. Eligible groups can apply for a grant to buy bikes and accessories for adults with whom they are working and who would like to get a bike and start cycling.
Cycling UK will provide support and advice including introductions to cycle suppliers, guidance on selecting bikes and accessories and help to organise cycle training for participants.
Funding stream 2: Non-standard fund
This funding is for community organisations in Scotland that are supporting disabled people. Eligible groups can apply for a grant to buy non-standard cycles and accessories to benefit adults with whom they are working and who would like to use a bike and start cycling. Cycles are to be owned and maintained by the organisation applying for the grant. Non-standard cycles include tricycles, handcycles, wheelchair attachments and tandems.
Cycling UK will provide support and advice including introductions to cycle suppliers and guidance on selecting bikes and accessories.
This funding stream has now closed. If you are interested in applying for funding to purchase non-standard cycles, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding stream 3: Recycled fund
This funding is for established cycle recyclers that can provide high-quality secondhand cycles and accessories to people who are financially struggling. This stream is initially operating as a pilot working with identified partner organisations, so is not currently open for applications. For more information, please email us.