Transport projects

Travelling to work, school and in our spare time contributes significantly to Scottish carbon emissions. Private car use makes up the majority of these emissions.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) supports projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions in this area by encouraging members of their community to change their mode of transport to a lower carbon option. This means moving people away from travelling alone in cars to fuel efficient driving, lower emissions vehicles, lift sharing, public transport, or active travel like cycling and walking. Some projects focus on reducing the need to travel in the first place.

Below you will find a guide illustrating the eligibility for CCF funding of a number activities involving travel.


Active travel

The CCF funds active travel projects where applicant organisations work with their community to choose lower CO2e emissions transport options such as jogging, walking or using a bike. This could involve raising awareness, supporting changes in behaviour and working with key stakeholders to improve access to infrastructure.

Setting up of cycle or walking trains
Putting together a cycle / walking map that shows some of the quicker / safer routes
Workshops on cycling skills, safety and maintenance
Dr Bike sessions
Some small infrastructure costs such as bike shelters or secure parking

Not eligible
 Cycle paths and large infrastructure projects
 Purchasing bikes for individuals
 Promoting recreational cycling without a clear link to modal shift

Applicants providing Dr Bike sessions or bike upcycling activities need to provide evidence that they are working with local bike shops and not displacing local business. Evidence can include a letter from local bike shops supporting the project.


Public transport

The CCF funds projects which aim to increase the number of individuals selecting lower carbon methods of transport as a result of the project's activities, for example substituting a private car journey for a bus, train, tram etc

Creating public transport timetables or web hubs
Accompanying vulnerable passengers trying public transport
Incentives and prizes e.g. pedometers or passes

Not eligible
 The purchase or upkeep of a bus or coach
 Infrastructure including bus stops, paths etc

Car share and car clubs

The CCF funds the promotion of car share schemes as an effective method of reducing car miles within a community when public transport is not a practical option which would lead to a CO2e emission reduction.


Setting up a system through social media or a website for people to advertise journeys that could be shared.
Membership fees to run third party software for car share scheme.
Organising initial meet up sessions to overcome barriers to car sharing.

Not eligible
 Setting up schemes for regular journeys for participants outwith the project community.
 If revenue generation is part of the project this must be detailed at the application stage and state aid must be considered.

The CCF funds projects that establish a car club to encourage members of the community to rely less on privately owned cars. This could be aimed at communities where car usage is necessary yet the required usage is infrequent. The emission savings here are from the embodied emissions of buying several private cars within a community compared to one car servicing a number of individuals or households.

Setting up costs for a car club.
Purchasing a (low emissions) vehicle (or vehicles) to be used in the car club.
Staff membership for business miles.

Not eligible
 Fuel costs for participants.
 Individual memberships.


Fuel efficient driving

The CCF funds projects which include a fuel efficient driving scheme. The aim of fuel efficient driving is to inform individuals how to reduce fuel consumption over a fixed distance i.e. a regular commute.

The reduction in fuel usage can be calculated by measuring the usage for a set distance prior to the fuel efficient driving lesson and comparing this with the usage for the same distance after the session. The reduction of fuel used can then be used to calculate a CO2e reduction.

Fuel efficient driving can be offered free of charge through the Energy Saving Trust (EST) for groups of six or more, or for areas not covered by EST - some driving instructors are trained to deliver this. The sessions include techniques on how to drive more efficiently, which groups can monitor by collecting the miles per gallon data from those who have taken part in the training.

Hiring an instructor where free EST training is not available.
Marketing and promotional activities

Not eligible
 Fuel costs of participants.
 Standard driving lessons.

Learn more about CCF projects involving transport through our video features and downloadable case studies.

Find out more about other organisations that can support you in our third party resources section.

Transport video features and case studies
Learn more about Climate Challenge Fund projects involving transport through video features and downloadable case studies.

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