Community Links PLUS

Community Links PLUS is an opportunity to conceptualise, design and deliver exemplary and inspirational walking, cycling and placemaking projects in Scotland.

A demonstration of the wider benefits of cycling and walking, including positive impacts on health, the quality of the environment, strengthened local economies and increased road safety

An increase in the number of aspirational projects being submitted to Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme

Greater understanding of what high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure looks and feels like amongst families, communities, and decision makers

The delivery of more ambitious cycling and walking infrastructure across Scotland

How to Apply

Applications for the next round of Community Links PLUS will open in 2019.

We welcome applications from local authorities, key agencies and statutory bodies, and support applications developed by communities in partnership with their local authority.

Community Links PLUS is a two-stage design competition. Stage One is for initial Expressions of Interest. Up to ten projects are then selected to proceed to Stage Two, each receiving a grant of up to £50,000 to develop their proposals further. Up to five projects are then invited to proceed to construction, each receiving a grant of up to £50,000 to finalise their detailed proposals and present to a cross-sector expert panel, before full match funding grants are allocated.

Following the competition process, Sustrans works closely in partnership with the winning project teams to deliver their proposals.

To find out more about the application, read our partner brief.

Judging Panel

Places for Everyone

During 2019, Community Links PLUS will become part of Sustrans’ Places for Everyone programme. This change will have no impact on current projects or applications.

“for commuting or leisure, more people across Scotland will be able to enjoy the benefits of greener and healthier modes of transport”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport & the Islands