The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their behaviours to walk or cycle as part of their everyday short journeys.
The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their everyday travel behaviours. Grants are available to encourage people to use buses and community car clubs for longer journeys; walking and cycling for short journeys, and home-working to replace daily commutes.
The Open Fund is available to support public, third and community sector organisations. The fund aims to help cut Scotland's carbon emissions and improve our air quality. It will also help reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and will tackle health inequalities.
Grants available are between £5000 and £50,000 and need to be match funded.
In its first two years the Open Fund awarded £4.3 million in grants for 177 different projects all over Scotland. A full list of projects in funded in 2019/20 is available to download. There are some great examples of SCSP funded projects within our Success Stories.
An innovation for 2020/21 is the introduction of grants for organisations that want to introduce home-working into their organisations to make it easier for people to reduce their commute. SCSP can be used to fund activities such as:
- Developing organisational ‘work-at-home’ policy and practice guidelines
- Provide training on managing-at-a-distance
- Provide training on use of video conferencing and other communication tools
- Develop business cases to inform long-term decision making
- Develop rotas, schedules and shift patterns
- Provide advice and support to help those that need it
- Employ ‘work-at-home’ champions
- Provide incentives
- Promote healthy and active working practice
SCSP can not be used to fund the purchase of laptops or furniture, the cost of home adaptions or broadband connectivity, although these costs would be considered as match-funding contributions.
Grant recipients would need to report on the number of reduced journeys, the total miles saved and the number of participants.
Covid-19 Project Implications
Covid-19 lockdown has offered an insight into how our towns and cities can be much better places to live in with many more people walking and cycling regularly, safer streets, cleaner air and less noise pollution. Read our Covid-19 impact advice for funded projects here.
If you want to make an application to the Open Fund, please read our guidance first.
If you believe you have a project that we could fund the first step is to complete an Expression of Interest on our grants portal.
If you are already registered, log in to our grants portal.