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Cycling Scotland Community Grants

Communities can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 via the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Community Fund to deliver local cycling projects

The purpose of the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund (CFSCF) is to support community groups to encourage cycling in their community and increase the number of locals making journeys by bike.

This Transport Scotland funded grant scheme enables community groups to support and deliver sustainable projects. Reducing single occupancy car use and increasing active travel options will also result in reduced local transport related carbon emissions and increased health and wellbeing of the community.

Key Criteria

Encourage more journeys by bike in your community
Increase opportunities for people to cycle in your community
Meet the needs of the community

For more information on the fund and to download the application form and guidance notes, click HERE.

Deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

Development Grants of up to £20,000 available

Established community cycling groups can apply for development grants of up to £20,000 to assist in developing a cycling culture locally. The purpose of the Development Grant is to support community organisations to achieve Cycle Friendly Community status through implementing measures to encourage more people to cycle.

The Development Grant process is outlined below:

STEP 1: Self-assessment
Community group should complete a self-assessment form along with their Development Grant application form and submit to Cycling Scotland for review.

STEP 2: Field assessment
A Cycling Scotland Development Officer will visit your community and carry out a field assessment. This will follow a more in depth assessment (using the same criteria set as the self-assessment).

STEP 3: Panel decision
Following the field assessment, the Development Officer will provide comments and recommendations which will be discussed with you and then attached onto your Development Grant application. The Grants Panel will receive your application and any additional comments or recommendations and a decision will be made within four weeks.

You can view the award criteria in the Cycle Friendly Community Award Handbook or apply for a Development Grant online HERE.

Deadline for Development Grant applications is noon on Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your project or to find out more about the grants provided by Cycling Scotland.

Community Funding Opportunities

Linlithgow Community Development Trust is keen to support the voluntary sector within the local community. To enable that we have collated some links to funding opportunities which groups may find useful.

LCDT Members Corner – Linlithgow Reed Band

Linlithgow Reed Band Overview

Established: 1956
Members: over 100, spread across the Reed Band, Training Band and Beginners Band
A registered Scottish Charity: SC037031
Affiliated to Scottish Cycling

The Linlithgow Reed Band is well known in the town, appearing in our distinctive red jackets at all major civic functions throughout the year. We are a community concert band, including brass, woodwind and percussion players.  Our playing numbers have grown substantially in recent years, thanks to the ‘conveyor belt of talent’ from the Training Band to the main Reed Band.  We also now have a Beginners’ Band for those adults or children who are just beginning to learn a new instrument. We offer a warm welcome to new players.

Next year will be the Reed Band’s Diamond Jubilee, having been founded in 1956. There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline to celebrate this milestone. Over the summer, the band has been in the recording studio and our brand new CD, ‘Marching On’ will be released in time for Christmas. The CD contains many tunes which will be familiar to Linlithgow residents and we hope it will trigger many happy memories – we anticipate high demand!

The CD is now in production and will be launched at our Christmas Concert, which will take place on Sunday 13th December at 7pm in St Michael’s Church.  Please come along to enjoy a great evening’s music, compered by Bruce Jamieson.

Looking further ahead, plans are already well advanced for a return trip to Hochsauerland in Germany (twinned with West Lothian), scheduled for July 2016. This will be the band’s sixth visit to the Hochsauerland region, where we have made many good friends over the years.

The Reed Band is fully behind the Kettilstoun project as we would love to have a new home in the planned Community Hub building to use as a rehearsal and storage space.  In order to show our support, the Band donated the profits from last year’s Christmas Concert, together with a retiring collection, to the Linlithgow Community Development Trust. More than £800 was raised to support the Trust’s work in Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge.

For more information about Linlithgow Reed Band please go to our website or contact the band’s secretary using the email address above.

LCDT Members Corner – West Lothian Clarion Cycling Club

West Lothian Clarion

Summary Overview

Established: 2008

Members: 199 Adults, 81 Youths

Affiliated to Scottish Cycling


Youth contact:

Adult contact:

Women’s rep:


The roots of the Clarion began to grow in 2007 when 4 local cyclists started meeting regularly for bike rides in the Bathgate Alps. With the aid of social media the group grew large enough for the launch of a club proper in 2008


In the seven years since the club formed, it has developed a range of activities and races which include time trials, cycle cross races, challenge rides, club runs, road races and numerous socials, and even a cycle film night at the Hippodrome in Boness.


We’re keen to promote cycling for women and we like to think we have a supportive women’s scene within our club. We are a mixed club, with a sizeable number of female members, and we are always keen to attract more women into our club.


In 2010 the club launched its youth coaching programme aimed at riders aged 6 to 15. There are now 10 coaches and a busy team of volunteers running the bi-weekly coaching sessions.


We develop three core categories of cycling: Cycle Cross (CX), Mountian Bike (MTB) and Road with the coaches specialising in different disciplines but coaching all aspects of the sport.


We encourage a love for cycling to keep youngsters active but as British Cycling Our Go-Ride club we are also the first step on the British Cycling performance programme. We aim to develop the riders’ tactical awareness, fitness and skills so they can move along the pathway and fulfil their potential.


Presently the youth sessions are run at Beecraigs (MTB) Linlithgow Leisure Centre (CX) and the car park at the back of Oracle for road coaching. These venues are now at their coaching capacity with little room to bring in more riders from the waiting list.


We now use Ingliston Show Ground for our road races because oracle is too small for the older riders. We’re at the stage where the Kettilstoun project is incredibly important for our riders’ and coaches development.


Scotland doesn’t have a purpose built cycle track so the facility would have a massive impact not just locally but for cycling across Scotland. The club is fully behind the Kettilstoun development providing financial support and volunteer time to help see the project through to completion.


If you would like to get involved in the club please visit our website for more information.


Calendar of Events


10 mile Time trials

Sign on 7pm at Blackridge railway station

Thursday 13th August, 20th August


Summer CX Series

Linlithgow Leisure centre

Monday 7th September


Club Road Race Champs

23rd August

Ingliston Show Ground


Club Hill Climb

Kennel House

Wednesday 2nd September



Thursday 10th September

Venue TBC


Kings Cavil Hill Climb

Saturday 3rd October

Come an cheer Scotland’s top racers up the notorious local hill


President’s Ride

Saturday 24th October

Route TBC


Club Cycle Cross race (youth)

31st October

Linlithgow Lesiure Centre


Santa Cyclo Cross

12th December

Linlithgow Lesiure Centre

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