Since 2009, the activity of DMBinS has been funded by a number of funding partners including Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Forestry and Land Scotland, Local Authorities, EU, destination management organisations, and others. Largely this has been through grant funding although DMBinS has received small amounts of commercial funding for specific projects.
Scottish Government is the main ‘core’ funder of DMBinS along with sportscotland, through the Scottish Cycling investment agreement. This funding covers the Head of DMBinS, a Communications and Business Support Officer, and a small development budget. These two roles form the ‘core’ team with oversight of all budgets, workstreams, and outputs from the other members of the team who are all funded through time-limited, short-term funded projects. This is proven to be a successful model for all concerned.
The bid to Scottish Government is a joint 50/50 bid from Scottish Cycling (for the work of DMBinS) and Edinburgh Napier University, for its innovation project – Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCOS).
The Scottish Government is keen to see their element of 'core' funding not be relied upon, and for DMBinS 'core' to become self-sustaining and not rely on funding in perpetuity.
To help achieve this, we envisage that the Scottish Trail Fund and Scottish MTB Health Fund will play their part alongside dynamic and proactive public and charitable funding and commercial strategies.