As the Scottish Trail Fund is currently building its resources, it is likely that the grants will not be for large scale-capital projects (such as mountain bike trail centres and pump tracks). We expect to support groups to be able to develop their trails by helping to get landowner approval, insurance, DIRTT (Developing Inter-European Resources for Trail Building Training) training courses, tools, or materials.
We will also consider funding studies which will result in groups being able to do work and develop new or more trails, for example, an ecology study that will allow a group to further develop their trail network in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Applications are welcomed from constituted groups up to £2,000. We will also consider applications from informal groups which will be capped at £750.
Successful applicants will be required to fill out a simple monitoring form by four weeks after the completion of the project, or at the latest six months after receiving the grant. We may also carry out a site visit, either before the grant has been made and/or after the project is complete.
We are keen to encourage growth and successful ideas, so if your project or group develops, and you wish to apply to the Fund again, you will not be restricted to a single bid. However, any new applications will need to differ from previous applications. For example, it is very unlikely the fund will pay for insurance on an annual basis.
The grants will be administered and supported by the staff of Scottish Cycling and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland who will make recommendations to the trustees of the Scottish Cycling Charitable Foundation (OSCR NO. SC051130) for approval.