2014 CCFL grants open for applications

The 2014 Community Cycling Fund for London (CCFL) funding round is now open and accepting applications until Monday 6th October.

The CCFL is a scheme funded by Transport for London and administered by the London Cycling Campaign to support community groups to set up cycling initiatives that benefit people of all ages and backgrounds.

Community cycling grants of up to £5,000 and £3,000 are on offer to community groups and not for profit organisations across the capital. Projects that have received a CCFL grant in the past will be able to apply for a top up grant of £1,000.

The fund aims to assist the development of projects which engage people with cycling and to make riding a bike an activity that is open to all Londoners.  CCFL supports community projects that build the confidence of infrequent or new cyclists from all backgrounds. Applicants will need to prove that they are able to provide access to cycling in deprived areas, and to communities where cycling is limited by income, equipment, health, ability, skills or information.

The grants programme focuses on establishing successful sustainable projects and strenghening community groups' capacity for continued development. It promotes skill-sharing and partnership working with more experienced organisations to devise projects that are unique to the needs of the intended beneficiaries.

The deadline to submitt applications is Monday 6th of October. Applications and are open to a broad range of organisations including residents’ associations, charities, community groups and youth organisations. The awarded money could  be used to run local rides, provide cycle training, hold bike events, bike maintenance or other small scale projects that encourage cycling.

Last year the fund enabled 26 community cycling projects to get off the ground and deliver a variety of cycling activities, encouraging  thousands of Londoners from all backgrounds to take-up cycling or ride more often. The fund supported a wide range of organisations, from Tower Hamlets BMX that motivated young people to develop a real passion for cycling, to the Empowering Deaf Society which worked to provide cycle training and other cycle activities that were fully accessible to deaf people. Working with groups that face specific barriers to cycling is key to making it an activity that is accessible to all Londoners.

All information on how to apply and stories of past project here.