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Active TravelCommunity Access Grants

Active travel grants now available

We are pleased to announce a new £535k grants programme, funded through the Department for Transport and Active Travel England Capability and Ambition Fund, that will support Greater Manchester's active travel mission.

The grant will help local businesses and organisations to get more people walking, cycling and wheeling, reduce lorry and van travel in urban areas and help support Greater Manchester’s ambitions for improved air quality.

Who can apply?

  • Small businesses, including:

    • Including sole traders and co-ops

  • VCS or community organisations, including:

    • voluntary or community groups and organisations

    • not-for-profit companies

    • community interest companies (CIC) or other social enterprises

    • registered charities

  • Education providers, including:

    • primary and Secondary schools

    • further and higher education providers

  • NHS Healthcare providers, including:

    • NHS Trusts

    • GP Practices

What can you bid for?

We have funding available for three measures:

1. Cargo cycle solutions - Grants up to £10,000

To support organisations with the purchase of cargo cycles so that they can:

  • Carry out day-to-day logistics and transit activities specific to the organisation, replacing or significantly reducing the reliance on a motor vehicle

  • Expand operations to provide additional services or widen the support they can offer to their community

  • Offer members of the community access to cargo bike solutions for domestic tasks

2. Adaptive cycle solutions - Grants up to £10,000

To support organisations with the purchase of adaptive and accessible cycles so that they can:

  • Help groups with an existing walking/cycling focus to expand their offering to better include people with disabilities, older aged people or people with long-term health conditions.

  • Help groups that support disabled people, older aged people or people with long-term health conditions to expand activities to include cycling.

3: Community cycling, walking and wheeling projects - Grants up to £2,500

To provide an opportunity for groups or organisation to deliver small interventions that will make a big difference on a local level. In particular, we are looking for opportunities to support projects which may not be eligible for other funding.

  • Projects may address a specific need within the community or look to improve or introduce a local link or resource.

You can bid for one or more of the measures offered. This can be either up to the maximum grant for an individual measure, or up to a combined total of £15,000.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form below and email to

Applications close on Friday 21 July 2023.

Download the application form

Community Access Grant application form

Get in touch if you need some help

If you need any help with your application then please read our application guidance notes.

If you would need further information or would like advice or assistance with on completing the form, please email with a subject line of 'Community Access Grants'. We can also provide Word versions of the guidance notes, just send us an email.

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