London’s community groups have until Friday May 16 to apply for grants worth up to £5,000 each from this year’s Community Cycling Fund for London (CCFfL).
The Community Cycling Fund for London, which is managed by the London Cycle Campaign and funded by Transport for London, supports groups who want to help increase the number of people cycling in their area. Grants are available to help run local rides, events or other small scale projects that will encourage and grow cycling within London’s many diverse communities.
Applications for the first round of funding from the £200,000 2008 pot have already closed, so community groups have just one month left to apply for the second and final round of grants.
In 2007 over £200,000 in grants were made to 54 groups across the Capital. Projects that were funded in 2007 supported a diverse range of activities, including; helping deaf children acquire the balance and confidence needed to ride bikes safely; promoting cycling among Orthodox Jewish women in North London; organised nature rides during summer holidays for children from estates; and promoting cycling as a benefit to children’s health and wellbeing.
Peter McBride, Head of Cycling Walking and Accessibility at Transport for London said:
“Cycling in London really is undergoing a revolution – we’re seeing more and more people from all walks of life riding around the Capital. The Community Cycling Fund for London is helping lots of local cycling projects to get off the ground. The beauty of grass roots projects like these is that they are grown by local communities and open up cycling to people who might never have thought of cycling otherwise.”
Koy Thompson, CEO of London Cycle Campaign said:
“Through the CCFfL we have helped hundreds of people who wouldn’t ordinarily get the chance to access the joys and benefits of every day cycling”