We fund community path projects to ensure that everyone has access to good quality, multi-use and accessible places to walk and be active.

People benefitting from an accessible community path

We offer a range of grants to support communities to create, promote and maintain local community paths and active travel routes.

Community Paths Grants - NOW OPEN

Summary: Small grants to support communities to create, promote and maintain local community paths.
Grant size: up to £1,500
Application: Expressions of interest to be submitted via, suitable projects will be invited to make a full application. The fund will be open for applications until Friday the 8th of July 2022.
More information: Download the fund guidance document.


Community Paths - Active Travel Grants

Summary: Funding to support communities to improve and promote paths and routes that will make it easier for people to walk, wheel or cycle for everyday journeys. 
Grant size: up to £3,000.
Application: The fund is currently closed.


Ian Findlay Path Fund

Summary: A new £1.5 million fund for community and third sector organisations to support improvement of path networks and routes. Projects will improve accessibility and resilience of paths to increase walking, wheeling and cycling for everyday journeys. 
​Grant size: To be confirmed.
Application: The fund will launch in Summer 2022. 
More information: Read more about Ian Findlay Path Fund 


Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund 

Summary: Our Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund is available to public, third and community sector organisations to change people’s everyday travel behaviour by encouraging more people to walk, wheel or cycle for everyday short journeys​, or access public transport for longer journeys. 

Community path groups can apply to the fund for:

  • Consulting with communities on path improvements
  • Mapping local walking and cycling routes
  • Producing local maps showing walking and cycling routes
  • Providing signage for pedestrian and cycle friendly routes*
  • Making walking and cycling routes more attractive and accessible*

*These activities would have to be part of a wider package of behaviour change activities.  For example, this could include the creation of maps, delivering led walks, holding events or training sessions.

Grant size: £5,000 to £50,000
Application: Ongoing with no deadline date.
More information: Read more about the Smarter Choices Smarter Places - Open Fund

More information

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Other sources of funding


Get in touch

Our Community Paths team is here to help and support you through all the stages of your community paths project, contact us on or 01786 641851.