community links

Community Links makes funding available for community groups, local authorities, educational institutions and other organisations so that they can design and build high quality walking and cycling routes for all.

Since 2010, Transport Scotland’s funding of this scheme has created thousands of new and upgraded routes across Scotland, ranging from bridges connecting communities to projects to turn favourite tracks into something more to making busy road crossings safer for all.

Community Groups and Development Trusts can claim 100% of costs for design and feasibility work

We provide support throughout the whole of your project, from application enquiries to developing a maintenance strategy

50% of costs funded for construction projects; 70% of costs funded for improvements to junctions

Delivering safer, more attractive walking and cycling routes for everyone

How to Apply

You can apply to Community Links for funding for design or construction costs.

If you have a project that is close to construction, we can fund up to half of it if it meets our criteria. If it doesn’t, we can provide help and advice so you can make a successful bid.

If you are earlier in a project, we can fund design costs and feasibility studies. This means you can be sure that your route will be designed and built to the best standards available with the support of our team. Following the design stage, we encourage applications to fund construction.

We are keen to link the places where people live, work and grow through Community Links. To help show how we could help you, your employer, your social landlord or your educational institution, we have created sector specific packs looking at some of our best Community Links projects.

Full guidance on your application is available in our guidance booklet, or you can get in touch to talk your project through with one of our Community Links team.

Get started with your application