Area: Scotland-wide
Deadline: 1 December 2023

ArtRoots, supported by funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans, works in partnership with local community groups to make artistic and aesthetic improvements along traffic-free National Cycle Network routes in Scotland.

The fund offers up to £6,000 to enable communities to shape their local environment by making traffic-free routes more attractive and accessible for everyone.

The community-led art projects enhance neighbourhoods and encourage more people to explore their local areas by walking, wheeling and cycling.

ArtRoots supports local enterprise, talent, and culture by backing projects identified through local consultation and community engagement.

What areas are eligible? 

Traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network as shown with the solid orange line on the Sustrans National Cycle Network Map.

How much money is available?  

The standard grant awarded for an ArtRoots project is £2,500. Awards of up to £6,000 are available for projects which can demonstrate that a higher amount will significantly increase new walking, wheeling and cycling journeys.

Who can apply and what for?

Community groups, social enterprises, and other organisations involved in local community engagement activities. Applicants can receive funding for sculptures and artworks, installations, events, performances, and much more!

Examples of successful grants include:

  • Positive Imagining: community-led Positive Imaginings performed children's climate circus along National Cycle Network Route 1 in Craigmillar, Edinburgh.
  • Dundee Waterfront Mural: community council-led project that revitalised Dundee Waterfront with colourful murals.
  • Aberfoyle Art Trail: community engagement project with resident pupils delivered colourful stencil art along local National Cycle Network paths surfaces.

To find out more and apply, please visit the Sustrans website