Walking for Health Fund

Funding to help get Scotland walking

Health Walk in Banff, Aberdeenshire

We provide funding to members of the Scottish Health Walk Network working to increase the number of people walking in Scotland.


Paths for All will open the Walking for Health Grant 2022/23 on 2 May 2022.

The Walking Health Fund aims to:

  • Diversify and increase the number of new participants taking part in Health Walks in Scotland
  • Increase the amount of physical activity undertaken by people in Scotland (especially those experiencing inequality)
  • Improve wellbeing and/or reduce ill-health

It is only open to current members (ie. at the time of launching this fund on 2nd May 2022) of the Scottish Health Walk Network.

Download the Applicant User Guide for further information about the fund and instructions for using the online application system.

To apply please visit Grants for All website and submit an Expression of Interest. Once approved a full application will be made available to you to complete.

Closing Date for Full Applications is 24th June 2022.


2022/23 Walking for Health Grant Fund Webinar

2:00 - 3:00pm on Wednesday 18th May, 2022

This live webinar is an opportunity to find out more about it:

  • Overview of the grant
  • Walking for Health Fund priorities for 2022/23
  • Resources available to support your application process
  • Ask questions
  • Network

There will be a short presentation from Helen Morrison, Senior Development Officer - Scottish Health Walk Network team. Participants will then have an opportunity to ask questions and have discussions with the Paths for All staff and other Scottish Health Walk Network members.

Email: SHWN@pathsforall.org.uk to request the zoom meeting codes.

Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund - available

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

  • Enabling more people to choose sustainable travel for longer journeys

  • Supporting organisations to adopt home-working practices to reduce the need to travel

Walking for Health projects can apply to the fund if there is a clear focus on encouraging walking for purposeful journeys to encourage less driving, for example walking to the shops, work or events. 

Funded activities could include, but are not limited to:

• Producing local maps showing walkable routes
• Holding car-free days
• Taking part in active travel challenges
• Organising led-walks which highlight everyday routes
• Providing information on pedestrian and cycle friendly routes
• Activities that support sustainable travel to clubs, societies and gatherings
• Making walking and cycling routes more attractive and friendly
• Community-based active travel information hubs
• Car-sharing and car clubs
• Improvements to bus services
• Incentives for travelling by public transport
• Improving health conditions through active travel
• Introducing or expanding home-working

Find out more about our Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund 

Check out our Active and Sustainable Travel section for more advice and ideas on promoting and encouraging active and sustainable travel with your walkers and walk leaders.