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Small Grants for Active Travel Available

21 August 2018

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, is reminding local organisations in the District that grant funding is available host events and training sessions that encourage people to travel by foot or bicycle.

The Active Travel Grants scheme is available thanks to funding from the Council and the NI Public Health Agency and offers grants of up to £1,000 to organisations such as walking and cycling clubs, schools, universities, community groups and employers.

Mayor Boyle urged local groups to apply now to help progress their organisation’s active travel agenda.  “Council is currently accepting applications following the successful summer round in June,” he said, adding that “The process has also been improved with a new online application form.”

“There is a responsibility on all of us to make a conscious effort to be as active as possible in our travel choices and local organisations can take the lead on that by hosting events and training sessions and putting in place the necessary infrastructure to encourage and accommodate active travel choices.

“The Active Travel Grant scheme is in keeping with the aims and objectives of the Transport and Infrastructure group in Council’s Community Plan to promote a more integrated, sustainable and accessible transport system, which maximises growth, social inclusion and quality of life.”

This is the second year the Scheme has run and is the second of two rounds of funding which runs until 31 March 2018.  The deadline for this round is 12 noon on 7 September 2018 for events and trainings beginning in the autumn.

Eligible groups must be non-profit making and based within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area and a minimum of four events must be organised across the financial year ending March 2018.

Council reserves the right to withhold funding from any event that does not adequately and appropriately promote the Council’s messages of walking and cycling.

All relevant details, criteria and application forms can be found on Council's website at www.derrystrabane.com/activetravel