EventScotland launches final round of Community Cycling Fund
COMMUNITY events across the country are encouraged to celebrate the power of cycling and help create a national celebration of cycling in the lead up to next year’s UCI Cycling World Championships taking place in Glasgow and across the country. Scotland from August 3 to 13, 2023.
To support this, EventScotland has today (October 12) launched the second round of the Events strand of the Community Cycling Fund. The latest round of funding is part of the £1million fund launched in May this year and is provided in partnership between EventScotland, sportscotland and the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to support sustainable cycling projects and events free across Scotland. It is made up of two strands, the Development strand administered by sportscotland and the Events strand provided by EventScotland.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Events Stream can be submitted from today (October 12) until 5pm, November 16, 2022. Applicants can apply for awards between £5,000 and £15 £000 for events taking place from August 1-2, 2023.
Activity eligible for support through the Events stream includes enhancing existing events with new cycling opportunities that promote the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships; cycling innovations that develop, improve or grow cycling participation and/or the event; activities and events that provide local communities with the opportunity to celebrate the power of cycling and cycling; and costs supporting sustainable practices as part of a larger event.
Culture Secretary Angus Robertson said: “Community activities and events are an integral part of preparing for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships next year and I am delighted that the next round of funding is now open.
“I encourage groups across Scotland to take this opportunity to get involved and apply for the fund. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Championships to have a lasting impact by inspiring people across Scotland to do cycling a part of their lives and to show the power of cycling.
Robbie Clyde, Head of EventScotland, said: “Events play an important role in our communities as they give us the chance to come together and share memorable experiences. The Community Cycling Fund offers event organizers the opportunity to give people the chance to experience the joy of cycling in their daily lives in a fun and safe environment while helping to create a lasting benefit from our organization of the World Championships. 2023 UCI Cycling World.”
Craig Burn, Director of Strategy and Policy Impact for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, said: “The Community Cycling Fund provides a fantastic opportunity for local communities to benefit from and be part of a national celebration of cycling as we continue to build momentum towards Scotland hosting the biggest cycling event in the world in August 2023. The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will no doubt inspire more people to get on the bike, however, this EventScotland’s commitment and investment in establishing a program of events ensures that the event can be used as a catalyst to create participation opportunities and celebrate cycling in a fun and safe environment across Scotland.
Already 18 free events in 12 local authorities have been supported through the first round of funding, including the Women on Wheels Cycling Festival at Queens Park in Glasgow, Get Active Family Cycling Challenge which took place in and around Drumchapel Cycle Hub, Fife Loves Cycling, Auchterarder Community Sports and Recreation (ACSR) Bike Fun Day and Dukes Weekender who developed and delivered a suitable cycling route as part of this year’s event.
Shgufta Anwar, Founding Director of Women on Wheels SCIO, said: “Funding from EventScotland enabled us to hold our first women’s cycle festival in Queens Park in August. We were able to offer maintenance classes, Dr Bikes, arts and crafts, beginners classes, all day confidence building led rides culminating in an evening celebratory event with conversation inspiration from Aneela Mckenna of Mor Diversity.
“In total, we engaged with 347 women and non-binary people, with a direct bike delivery with 86 of these women, including a 65-year-old woman who always wanted to learn but never prioritized herself. We have also had someone get back on the bike after 35. We look forward to hosting another event for International Women’s Day on March 11, 2023.”
Kirsteen Durkin, Fife Council’s Active Communities Manager (Acting), said: “This funding helped Fife Council deliver a fun and friendly event that targeted new audiences and families to try different types of cycling in one place. We spoke to all the visitors and got to hear their thoughts on how we can provide them with what they would like for the future. »
ACSR Development Manager Tim Hart said: “The ACSR Leisure Cycling Day was a huge success with over 500 people from Auchterarder and surrounding areas enjoying a variety of activities which were all centered around promoting active travel, increasing people’s confidence in their bikes, raising awareness of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships and building anticipation for the installation of the Pump Track and Mountain Bike Trail in the year next.
“Activities offered included a mobile skills track, exhibits by The Clan, free bike safety checks, a family orientation course, a 2023km community bike challenge, a raffle for those who used Active Travel to attend the event and the chance to make your own smoothie while pedaling. It was a fantastic day which was well supported by the local community, and we are grateful to EventScotland for their support which made the event possible.
Applicants to the Festivals Stream of the Community Cycling Fund should download and read the full 2023 Community Cycling Festivals Stream Expression of Interest Guidelines and Criteria at www.visitscotland.org/events/funding/community-cycling-fund
The development arm of the Cycling Community Fund is administered by sportscotland with up to £350,000 a year invested directly into local authorities. The second opportunity – the Events strand – is administered by EventScotland which will award up to £160,000 a year for events and festivals through an open fund.