Micro-grants

Shared Transport for Communities Scottish Micro-grants 2022/23

In 2022/23, 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 per year
  • The applicant should be able to demonstrate essential assets (such as cars or bikes) have already been purchased or funding has been secured for these
  • 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 is 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
  • 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

What it cannot cover

  • Salaries / staff costs
  • Overheads
  • Feasibility work
  • Costs for an existing scheme
  • Costs that can be funded via other Transport Scotland funds, i.e., electric vehicles, e-bikes, e-bike 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)
  • You must be a third sector organisation, social enterprise or established community group
  • 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 demonstrating its long-term sustainability
  • The project will be launched within 3 months of the grant being awarded
  • The organisation and new scheme are based in Scotland

Application process

Completed application forms and supporting materials should be submitted to Hannah Box via microgrants@como.org.uk.

When completing the application, we will require invoices or quotes to evidence each item you are seeking funding for. The grant cannot cover retrospective costs.

Submission and timescales

This is an ongoing fund and awards will be made on a rolling basis until January 2023.

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.

Reporting requirements

If successful, you will be required to send receipts of expenditure within three months of receiving the grant. If your grant covers monthly subscriptions, we will require ongoing receipts.

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

For more information please contact microgrants@como.org.uk.

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