TravelFund grant 2021

Herefordshire Council's TravelFund grant aims to make it easier for employees to walk or cycle for commuting and business journeys. It also aims to reduce the need to travel by car for commuting and business journeys.

TravelFund 2021 offers funding for facilities and equipment for workplaces in Herefordshire to support these aims. 

Herefordshire businesses and other organisations with paid employees can apply.

TravelFund grants are funded by the Department for Transport.

Purpose

The purpose of the grant is to provide funding for the following:

  • Cycle parking. If there are other workplace facilities that you would like to purchase to support walking or cycling to work, please contact us to discuss before completing your application
  • Pool bikes for business use
  • Homeworking equipment

Please read the relevant guidance sheet before making an application:

Please note that you cannot apply for e-bikes through this round of TravelFund. To apply for e-bikes or e-cargo bikes for business use visit the business ebikes grant page.

Outcomes

We are looking for the following:

  • An increase in the number of walking and cycling journeys to work
  • An increase in the number of business journeys that are made by bike or walking

If you receive a grant, you will be asked to keep records of use for three months. For cycle parking, we'll be asking you to record the number of bikes parked once a week.

Who can apply

Herefordshire businesses and other organisations with paid employees can apply. Your business must have been in operation for at least one year.

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for a grant of up to £3,000.

Funding is limited so please only apply for what you need.

Best value must be demonstrated when selecting your chosen facilities or equipment. You should consider at least three suppliers, and provide evidence of these, for example web links to product, or quotes from suppliers.

Please also ensure you comply with your organisation's procurement policy.

You can provide additional funding yourselves if the cost of the facilities you wish to install exceeds the maximum grant.

Note: Please don't pay a deposit or purchase any equipment unless you have received and accepted a TravelFund grant offer letter. We cannot retrospectively fund any equipment that you have already purchased.

How to apply

Please complete the appropriate application form:

Return your completed application form by email to delegatedgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk

For help accessing or completing the form please email delegatedgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk or call us on 01432 260753.

Deadlines

The deadline to apply is Wednesday 27 October 2021.

Please apply as early as possible. We aim to process applications within six weeks of the deadline date.

What happens next?

When we receive your application, we will acknowledge receipt. Applications will be assessed by an appraisal panel who will consider how well the proposal meets the scheme purpose, outcomes and value for money.

Based on your application, and any further information you may have been asked to supply, the panel will make a decision and you will be advised of the result to either:

  • Offer a grant, or
  • Offer a grant with some specific conditions, or
  • Reject the application with an explanation

When can I install the new facilities or purchase the equipment?

If we offer you a grant, we will write to you setting out how much funding we are prepared to offer and detailing any specific conditions. If you are happy to accept the grant offer and associated conditions, you will need to return a signed copy of the offer letter.

Once you have accepted the offer you can purchase your new facilities or equipment.

How is the grant paid?

You can claim the grant as soon as you have paid for and installed the new facilities or equipment. You will need to complete a claim form and submit it with copies of paid invoices from your suppliers. All work must be completed and claims submitted to Herefordshire Council by 3 December 2021.

Completion of grant

Three months after installing the facility or taking possession of the equipment you will need to submit a short report, (a template will be provided), together with your log recording the usage (see 'specific outcomes' above.)

Please help us to help future applicants by telling us if you have any queries which aren't answered on this page.

Support or further information

If you would like help to understand this page, or would like it in another format or language, please contact the Delegated Grants Team on 01432 260753 or email delegatedgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk