London Marathon Charitable Trust awards £2 million to support TfL's Walking and Cycling Grants London scheme

The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) has awarded Transport for London (TfL) £2million towards its Walking & Cycling Grants London scheme.

The scheme enables community and not-for-profit groups across London to apply for a Walking & Cycling grant to inspire more people to be active by removing barriers to walking or cycling.

The £2million award is the biggest grant in The Trust’s history from its Strategic Partnership programme which was created in 2018 to support big regional projects that inspire activity. It follows a £1million grant awarded to Transport for Greater Manchester for a similar project to get more people walking and cycling in that region.

The Trust will work in partnership with TfL and Groundwork London over a five-year period on the Walking & Cycling Grants London scheme which aims to fund a minimum of 300 new walking and cycling projects and supporting a minimum of 70,000 people to become more active through walking and cycling over the next five years.

Sir Rodney Walker, Chairman of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “Providing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to get active through walking and cycling has never been of such importance, not just as a means of transport but for the health and wellbeing benefits too. This grant award to Transport for London will support hundreds of projects in removing barriers to walking and cycling, particularly amongst BAME groups, women, people with disabilities and those on low incomes, inspiring activity amongst thousands of people and paving the way for London to become a more physically active city.”

Applications for a Walking & Cycling grant are now open at wcgl.london and close on 15 October. Applicants can apply for grants of up to £10,000 over a three-year period.

Since they began in 2015, TfL's Walking and Cycling Grants London programme has helped more than 180 projects across all 33 London boroughs which have encouraged 27,000 participants to embrace walking and cycling. Now approaching its sixth year, initiatives include guided walks, bike maintenance, cycle training, loan bikes and courses to teach basic cycle maintenance.

TfL has introduced a community ideas hub to the Walking and Cycling Grants London website, as a forum to share ideas and learnings from effective walking and cycling projects that can be easily replicated by other community groups across London.