Smarter Choices Smarter Places Fund 2016/17

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Grant funding for active and sustainable travel behaviour change initiatives


The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) programme is Paths for All’s grant scheme to support behaviour change initiatives to increase active and sustainable travel modes. 

Background to the programme

Transport Scotland has agreed a further £5m funding in 2016-17 for Smarter Choices, Smarter Places travel behaviour change projects. Paths for All will continue to administer the programme and provide support for the projects, including planning, implementation and evaluation.

Proposals are required from each Local Authority on the programme of work they intend to take forward in 2016/17 with this resource.

What funding is available?

An indicative allocation will be available for every local authority based on a formula of population with a floor of £50,000. Grant recipients will be required to extend the impact of projects by match funding the SCSP award by at least 50%. In-kind contributions of up to 25% of total project costs is acceptable.

Projects can include a measure or a package of measures, tailored to the needs and conditions of distinct communities. Projects must commence from 1 April 2016 and be implemented by 31 March 2017.

At present there is one futher year of funding for 2016/17 intended to continue, expand or enhance projects from the 2015/16 programme. However, it is recognised that behaviour change is a long-term process and so in principle there is a desire to secure further funding to continue this programme beyond March 2017. This will form part of Transport Scotland’s budget planning process. 

The evidence from the outcomes of this funding will be key to securing further funding.

Who can apply?

Local authorities will receive an indicative allocation based on population.  However, grant recipients are expected to maintain effective partnerships with a range of relevant partners to ensure the success of the project. Applications must provide evidence of new or ongoing partnership working.

Partnerships could comprise - Regional Transport Partnerships, NHS boards, national park authorities, other public bodies, community planning partnerships, third sector/voluntary organisations (relevant community groups, charities/non-profit organisations), transport providers and businesses.

What is eligible for funding?

Projects must encourage and promote active and sustainable transport as the entire focus of the initiative, or as a significant element of the initiative.

Read more about the initiatives eligible for SCSP funding.


Programme process and timeline

The process and timeline for application, review and grant awards is available here.

Further information about Smarter Choices, Smarter Places

An overview of the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Pilot, which operated between 2009 and 2012, can be found on the Transport Scotland website or in this summary report. The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Pilot was a Transport Scotland project in partnership with COSLA.

The Department for Transport document “Making Smarter Choices Work” provides a useful overview of relevant projects.

Elected Members briefing note which provides an overview of SCSP opportunities can be read here


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