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Spaces For People


Spaces for People is a new, temporary infrastructure programme which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during Covid-19.

Funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland, the new programme aims to enable statutory bodies to implement measures focused on protecting public health, supporting physical distancing and preventing a second wave of the outbreak.

Walking, cycling or wheeling in fresh air is not only positive for physical health, but also helps people feel connected in times of isolation, and can allow communities discover their neighbourhood.

A briefing prepared for Sustrans by Ali MacDonald, Organisational Lead for Active, Healthy Environments, Public Health Scotland can be found here.

We engage with external stakeholders to ensure our support values the different needs of different groups

 £30 million of funding is available to support local authorities and statutory bodies respond to Covid-19

Responsive to individual and local needs with quick implementation of temporary measures

We are able to provide 100% funding with full design and delivery support available for partners

Support


The fund is open to statutory bodies and we anticipate the majority of applicants will be from planning and roads authorities. It will provide funding and, if needed, additional support services. Support can be tailored to meet applicant needs to help expedite delivery, making it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips during Covid-19.

Funding Announcements


 Lead organisation                                  Awarded amount               In assessment            To be assessed              Total amount
Glasgow City Council
£3,500,000
 
£3,600,000
£7,100,000
City of Edinburgh Council
£5,000,000
   
£5,000,000
Dundee City Council
£460,000
 
£2,000,000
£2,460,000
Fife Council
£2,420,000
   
£2,420,000
The Highland Council
£1,968,560
   
£1,968,560
Aberdeen City Council
£1,760,000
   
£1,760,000
East Lothian Council
£1,400,000
   
£1,400,000
Perth and Kinross Council
£1,098,000
 
£255,000
£1,353,000
South Lanarkshire Council
£1,200,000
   
£1,200,000
Scottish Borders Council
£1,200,000
   
£1,200,000
North Lanarkshire Council
£1,066,978
   
£1,066,978
East Renfrewshire Council
£1,030,000
   
£1,030,000
Argyll & Bute Council
£315,000
 
£600,000
£915,000
NHS Grampian
£817,500
   
£817,500
Angus Council
£160,000
 
£628,958
£788,958
Renfrewshire Council
£545,000
 
£150,000
£695,000
West Lothian Council
£641,500
   
£641,500
Dumfries and Galloway Council
£595,000
   
£595,000
Inverclyde Council
£285,000
 
£300,000
£585,000
East Ayrshire Council
£555,000
   
£555,000
Stirling Council
£513,000
   
£513,000
South Ayrshire Council
£510,000
   
£510,000
West Dunbartonshire Council
£440,000
 
£280,000
£720,000
North Ayrshire Council
£100,000
 
£300,000
£400,000
Clackmannanshire Council
£367,000
   
£367,000
Aberdeenshire Council
£310,000
   
£310,000
TACTRAN
£250,000
   
£250,000
NESTRANS
     
£0
Midlothian Council
£157,293
 
£33,529
£190,822
NHS Lanarkshire
£210,000
   
£210,000
ZetTrans
£200,000
   
£200,000
Falkirk Council
£190,000
   
£190,000
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
£128,850
   
£128,850
SEPA
£120,000
   
£120,000
Moray Council
 
£ 500,000
 
£500,000
NHS Lothian
£90,000
   
£90,000
 
£29,603,681
£500,000
£8,147,487
£38,251,168

Assessment Criteria


All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Protecting public health: Provide temporary walking and cycling infrastructure that helps to protect public health by enabling safe physical distancing for essential journeys and exercise for everyone, in particular where there are space constraints or user safety concerns.
  • Essential journeys: projects should focus on essential journeys including:
    • Journeys to and from hospitals and health services.
    • Journeys to shops, pharmacies and schools for key workers.
    • Journeys for recommended exercise, for example neighbourhoods and local parks.
  • Immediate delivery: Projects should be delivered quickly and provide a visible improvement that has an immediate benefit.

Apply to Spaces for People


Please refer to the Spaces for People application guide before making an application

You can apply through our grant funding portal

Contact the team


Get in touch to discuss a temporary measure for your local area

spacesforpeople@sustrans.org.uk