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

Our Community Path and Community Active Travel grants support communities to create, promote and maintain local community paths and active travel routes.

Our grant schemes are open to any constituted community group that have their own bank account. Community organisations and registered community charities such as community councils, development trusts and community woodland groups working in Scotland can all apply for our funding.

Community Paths Grants - our 2021/22 Community Paths Grant Scheme is now closed to applications.

To be eligible for our Community Paths grants, your project must provide opportunities for people to get more physically active outdoors and in contact with nature. You can use our funding to create, promote and maintain community paths.

If you have already registered an expression of interest in our 2021/22 Community Paths Grant Scheme you can log in to our grants portal and read our grant guidance.

The Community Paths Grants Scheme is now closed to applications.

Community Active Travel Grants - our 2021/22 Community Active Travel Grants Scheme is now closed to applications.

To be eligible for this grant, your project must demonstrate how it will increase people’s knowledge about sustainable transport choices available to them. 

You can use the funding to:

  • Promote and signpost active travel routes;
  • Improve and develop routes that will make it easier to walk, wheel and cycle when making short everyday journeys;
  • Maintain active travel routes and ensure that they are accessible.

Grants of up to £3000 are available to eligible projects, for more information please log into our grants portal and read our grant guidance.

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

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.

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

Active travel funding, including for paths, cycleways and route building can be found on the SustainableTravel.Scot website. 

Funding Scotland lists local and national grants. 

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.