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Shared Transport for Communities: Scottish Micro-Grants 2020

In 2020/21, CoMoUK has funding to offer micro-grants of up to £2,500 to established Scottish community groups setting-up a new shared transport scheme – either bike share, car share or ride share.

The aim of the fund is to support organisations to set up the sharing of assets. It has been identified there are various funding streams available for cars and bikes, but setting up the sharing element of these is not always included.

 

Who can apply?

  • Third sector organisations, social enterprises, and established community groups.
  • An organisation can only apply for one grant.
  • The applicant should be able to demonstrate they are beyond the initial start-up phase of the scheme. For example, they have other funding streams in place to run the scheme.
  • The organisation and new shared transport scheme must be located in Scotland.

 

What can the grant be spent on?

Micro-grants should be used to help facilitate the sharing of assets, this includes, but not limited to, the following examples:

  • Specific equipment to facilitate the sharing aspect of the scheme – for example telematics / back office software for car sharing schemes.

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  • Examples for bike share projects include software or equipment that helps with the actual sharing of the project – e.g. subscriptions to smart phone sharing apps.
  • Promotional materials to help brand and advertise the scheme.

CoMoUK will assess applications on a case by case basis, so if your idea isn’t listed above, please contact CoMoUK to discuss your proposal.

Where the cost is incurred monthly (i.e. some telematics systems have a monthly fee), CoMoUK will cover the cost for 12 months, up to a maximum £2,500 (including any set up costs).

 

What it cannot cover

  • Salaries
  • Overheads
  • Feasibility work
  • Costs for an existing scheme
  • Costs that can be funded via other Transport Scotland funds, i.e. electric vehicles, ebikes, ebike storage etc.

 

Eligibility

Please check the following to ensure you match the eligibility criteria:

  • You are a registered organisation (funds cannot be paid to an individual).
  • Your aims are to establish and promote the use of shared transport in your area.
  • You have a project plan in place for your shared transport project.
  • The project will be launched within 6 months of the grant being awarded.
  • You have a viable business plan for the scheme.
  • The organisation and new scheme are based in Scotland.

 

Application process

To request an application form, please contact Harriet Cross:

Harriet@como.org.uk.

 

Submission and timescales

This is an ongoing fund and awards will be made on a rolling basis.

The last deadline for application will be 30th December 2020. Funds must be committed no later than 31st March 2021.

You will be notified within two weeks of us receiving your completed application. If we require more information, we will contact you within this time. we may require more information in that time.

 

Reporting requirements

If successful, you will be required to send receipts of expenditure within 8 weeks of receiving the grant.

You will also be required to complete and return a short report detailing progress (template will be provided) within 6 months of receiving the fund.