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 and diversify the number of people walking and wheeling in Scotland.


The Walking for Health Fund - currently closed



We provide funding to members of the Scottish Health Walk Network to increase and diversify the number of people attending Health Walks in Scotland.

The Fund offers successful applicants grants between £5,000 to £20,000 and 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

Our Walking for Health Grants are available for one or more of the following:

  • Maintain a Health Walks programme in multiple locations and / or communities
  • Expand a Health Walks programme in multiple locations and / or communities
  • Support and develop a regional network of Health Walk programmes

Grant size: Projects up to £20,000

Members: For further details, when the Fund is open, vist the Walking for Health Fund pod at the Members Area.


Other Paths for All Funding

We offer a range of grants to support communities. For more information visit our Grants and Funding page here.

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, wheeling or cycling for purposeful journeys to encourage less driving, for example active journeys 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 programme

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.