Ian Findlay Path Fund

This £1.5 million fund is for the improvement of path networks to increase walking, wheeling and cycling, for a happier, healthier, greener Scotland. 

Path Demonstration Site

The Ian Findlay Path Fund will support the improvement of local paths within and between communities, making it easier for people to travel by walking, wheeling, or cycling for daily journeys.

The new grant fund is supported by Transport Scotland and will launch in Summer 2022. It will help organisations to improve paths to make active travel easier and more attractive. This will encourage people to leave their cars at home for short journeys and benefit air quality, reduce CO2 emissions and improve our physical health and mental wellbeing.

The fund supports projects that will improve usability and accessibility of paths for more people. This will reduce inequalities and improve access to greenspace and its benefits to mental health.

The fund is named in memory of our late Chief Officer, Ian Findlay CBE who died very suddenly in March 2021. Ian made a huge impact during his time at Paths for All and this fund recognises and continues his legacy.

What type of projects will be funded?

The fund will support path management projects that:

  • Improve accessibility and resilience of existing paths between homes, community facilities, active travel routes and public transport facilities.
  • Remove barriers to make existing paths more accessible to more people.
  • Link paths to community destinations such as homes and public transport connections.
  • Improve and create routes to aid the development of 20-minute neighbourhoods.

Who can apply?

The fund will be open to a wide range of community and third sector organisations. 

Grant value

The value of the grants and match funding requirements will be confirmed when the fund launches in summer 2022.

Want to know more?

The Ian Findlay Path Fund will launch for applications in summer 2022. Please sign up to our Community Paths Newsletter to hear more.