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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

E-bikes to help charge Scotland’s Green Recovery

The SNP Government is providing £900,000 to encourage the uptake of e-bikes across Scotland.

Local authorities, public sector agencies, community groups and further and higher education institutions can now apply for money to adopt e-bikes, adaptive bikes and e-cargo bikes as an alternative to car journeys.

For the first time, the eBike Grant Fund delivered by Energy Saving Trust will also launch a Business e-cargo project to offer businesses the chance of a free trial of an e-cargo bike for a 12-month period. This will allow Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust to gather new data on the real potential for e-cargo bikes to address business needs.

In addition, as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, Energy Saving Trust is offering previously funded e-bike grantees the chance to apply for a further £20,000 funding award for e-bikes for projects which support Scotland’s key and essential workers.

This latest allocation of funds is expected to continue the success that the scheme has achieved to date. Across three previous rounds of funding over £1.9 million has been allocated to 104 projects, equating to 875 e-bikes and 41 e-cargo bikes provided to organisations and communities across the country.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson MSP said:

“With this new round of funding we hope to provide those same benefits to more organisations and better learn how e-cargo bikes can meet their needs whilst improving Scotland’s air quality, health and sense of well-being.

“Through this scheme we are also continuing to provide our key and essential workers with the means to use e-bikes as they continue to support our country through the COVID-19 crisis. The increase in the numbers of people walking and cycling across Scotland during lockdown is extremely encouraging and we will continue to provide support to develop an Active Nation.”

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The eBike Grant programme will continue to be split into two separate streams:

Category A offering up to £25,000 of funding towards projects that will provide opportunities to for their communities to trial e-bikes, Applications can be submitted at any time up until December 2020, although deadlines are set for application reviews and awards granted.

Category A – Deadline 1 – Friday 14 August 2020

Category A – Deadline 2 – Friday 02 October 2020

Category A – Deadline 3 – Friday 18 December 2020

Category B, offering up to £200,000 in funding per application towards large scale fleets of pool bikes or public bike share/hire schemes, and promoting large-scale uptake of e-bikes. with two defined application deadlines for application reviews and awards granted throughout the year.

Category B – Deadline 1 – Friday 28 August 2020

Category B – Deadline 2 – Friday 30 October 2020

Applications can be submitted at any time up until December 2020, although deadlines are set for application reviews and awards granted. These can be requested by emailing:


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