Do you have a DREAM project that will encourage walking, riding, scooting and skating for local trips? If your dream requires financial resources, then the links below may help you on your way to providing a better local network of paths, a new bike shed or racks, bike education, improvements to end of trip facilities, or a new public bike library – just to name a few ideas!
Remember that officers at your local council can support you through education and resources. Contact your local Active Travel, Sustainability or Health Promotions officer for a chat on your project idea.
Cycling Grants From Department of Transport
WA Bicycle Network Grants program is one of the key actions detailed in the WA Bicycle Network Plan 2014-2031 which sets out a framework for the provision of a safe and sustainable cycling network across WA. Funding is available to local government authorities and schools in WA, for up to 50 per cent of a total project cost. Grants could support network planning and new bicycle infrastructure and programs set out in the WABN Plan. For application forms and further details see the WABN page. Projects are encouraged to be spread over two financial years to allow for high quality planning, design and construction. To enable project staging, funding may be applied for in two consecutive financial years.
Categories currently available for funding are:
- Bicycle Network Planning
- Connecting Schools
Connecting Schools Grants aim to see more children riding and scooting to school by providing new or improving existing cycling infrastructure. Read our info page for more detail.
Commonwealth Government Grants
The Black Spot Program is part of the commitment to reduce crashes on Australian roads.
Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the programme reduces the risk of crashes. Programmes of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented. The Black Spot Programme makes an important contribution in reducing the national road toll under the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan. For more information see the Black Spot Program
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia offer grants up to $3,000 through their Community Funding Program that focus on crime prevention or a community safety project. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative designed to help schools increase children’s participation in sport and to connect children with community sport. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has partnered with more than 30 national sporting organisations (NSOs) to extend the delivery of the program across Australia via their networks of aligned organisations and coaches, ensuring a consistent and quality experience for all. Cycling Australia is one such organisation and is delighted to offer its Sporting Schools program to children across Australia’s school yards.
Let’s Ride is a national junior riding program designed by Cycling Australia to be a fun learning experience for kids. The program teaches them to ride safely by developing their knowledge, skills and confidence – giving parents peace of mind.
Other WA Government Grants
The Office of Road Safety offers Community Grants for events and projects. Applications close on the first Friday of February, April, June, August, October and December. Head to their website for more information.
Department of Sport and Recreation offers small grants for infrastructure projects associated with sport and recreation through their Community Sporting Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF). Head to their website for more information.
Other Funding Opportunities
RAC WA is open to a wide range of applications for Grass Roots Grants (under $5k) and Projects (under $20k). Successful past projects include cycle training, setting up a community bike fleet and developing a "bike bus" phone app! There are regular rounds for Project grants and Grass Roots applications can be submitted anytime as long as it’s at least six weeks prior to the project start date. Head to their website for more information.
Bankwest Happy Communities Grant supports local community projects by awarding 20 grants per month from $1,000 to $200. There's a heap more information on their website.
Teachers Environment Fund awards grants of up to $2,000 twice per year to help schools fund environmental projects. Check out their website for more.