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  • Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund - New funding - call for expressions of interest

    Created: 19/09/2017

    Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

    Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund will provide capital funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs.

    Public, community and third sector organisations were invited to bid for up to 40/50% of their total project costs, up to £2 million, with the remainder of project costs provided through match funding from other non-European public sources. In June 2017, £3.25 million was awarded to five projects.

    Following the first round of funding awards, there remains £2.15 million of ERDF funding available for projects in the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS), and £2.3 million ERDF funding for projects in the Highlands and Islands (H&I).

    Transport Scotland has made the following changes to the criteria for the second funding call:

    • Total eligible project costs are set at a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £2 million.
    • Applications are required to match the ERDF funding. Applicants in H&I can apply for up to 70% of their eligible project costs. The 70% ERDF intervention rate for H&I is subject to European Commission approval. The LUPS level remains unchanged and applicants can apply for up to 40% of their eligible project costs.
    • Path-only applications will be considered provided they can demonstrate that the path works are of sufficient scale and strategic importance, supporting functional trips.
    • Projects must be completed by December 2019.

    Funding for the second call will be awarded in March/April 2018.

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