The Community Cycling Fund for London is now closed for 2009.
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 12:00am 17 January 2008
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LCC received a total of 100 bids across this year's two funding rounds and many more enquiries about the grant allocations, demonstrating the high level of demand that exists.
This year we have been particularly pleased to receive applications from some of the outer London boroughs that have previously been underrepresented such as Bexley and Bromley.
Diversity and all abilities
Out of 38 applications in Round 1, 19 of these were successful and we are excited about the diverse range of projects that will be starting up across London this spring and summer.
Some of the successful bids from Round 1 include the Sikh Community Care Project that will be establishing an Asian Cycling Club, the Redbridge Cycling Campaign Movers and Shakers project and the Margins project which provides services to homeless people will be running an “earn-a-bike” scheme.
Dysart School in Kingston will be purchasing adapted bikes to allow children and young people with severe learning difficulties to cycle.
BAGRA in Bexley heard about the successful Wheels of Recovery project that HAGA received funding for last year and were impressed by the positive effect cycling had on recovering drug and alcohol users.
BAGRA were inspired to apply for CCFfL funding and were successful in their application and they will be working in partnership with HAGA to raise the profile of the rehabilitative effects of cycling.
Round 2 funding has yet to be allocated but we are certain that there will be some equally fascinating and fantastic projects to come so keep your eye on the website for further details.
We are looking forward to successful community cycling initiatives making a real impact across London in 2009.
LCC's community projects are funded by TfL's Community Cycling Fund for London and the Big Lottery’s Active Travel Consortium grant allocation scheme.
How to start your own community cycling project
If you are thinking about establishing a community cycling project LCC’s Community Cycling Team may be able to offer you advice.
See below for some of the different forms that cycling projects can take and if you have any further questions please call the office on 020 7234 9310 and select option 4.
If you would like to get involved with some of the community cycling projects and have a bit of time to spare, we can always find a placement for volunteers.
Volunteering could mean putting your mechanical or maintenance skills into practice, marshalling on rides or just generally helping out.
Cycling projects can take many forms and work best when developed with or tailored to the needs of a specific group or community.
For more information, you can send a message to the community team through the form on the bottom of this page.
What is a cycling project?
Depending on your needs and interests, projects could involve:
• cycle recycling through bike maintenance workshops
• cycle riding skills to build confidence
• learning how to ride a bike
• fun leisure rides to improve health and fitness
• creating cycling facilities to gain access to local shops and facilities
• establishing a pool of bikes for use in your community
• training local community members in cycle-related skills
• promoting cycling as a mode of transport
Whatever your group’s interest, we believe cycling can provide a wide range of activities to benefit all: unemployment, health, crime, regeneration, reducing dependency, community building, or tackling poor transport links - cycling has a part to play in them all.
Cycling could also be linked to a wide range of community development issues. For example, groups involved in youth work, job training, local environmental improvements, health and fitness issues and leisure activities could all benefit from cycling-based projects.
LCC administers the CCFfL (Community Cycling Fund for London) community cycling grants scheme with funding from Transport for London.
LCC also administers funding from the Big Lottery in partnership with the Active Travel Consortium. These smaller grant allocations are match-funded by the CCFfL allocations and the programme provides funding to support the development of healthier lifestyles and to improve well-being.
The total funding available via either source is for up to £5000 (distributed twice a year) to enable groups to set up or further develop cycling projects and schemes within their community.
Use the links on the right to download the 2007 and 2008 annual report.