The Plymouth Workplace Travel Grants are a part of Plymouth City Council’s Productive Plymouth Programme to promote sustainable transport measures. The grants are funded by the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).
The TCF projects aim to reduce congestion, improve the city’s air quality and help it prosper by investing in infrastructure to enhance eco-friendly transport on busy commuter routes across the Plymouth City region.
Plymouth Workplace Travel Grant Summary
The scheme offers £250,000 to local businesses to invest in capital schemes that encourage employees to travel to and from work using sustainable means.
The Department for Transportation is funding the Council’s Productive Plymouth Transforming Cities Fund programme and offers local businesses workplace travel grants of up to £25,000 per site to help introduce procedures to allow employees to travel using sustainable transport.
The grants are match-funded. The Council invests up to £25,000 per site in a scheme. Their contribution is a maximum of 75% of the pre-VAT scheme cost.
Eligible projects include secure cycle parking, pool bikes, workplace shower facilities and electric vehicle charging points. Applications are not limited to those projects; the Council is keen to see new and creative proposals to overcome company-specific challenges.
2022/23 workplace travel grants
Applications for the 2022/23 Workplace Travel Grant are now open. Local businesses can apply between the 1st of February and the 30th of September.
The application pack and guidance document are available to download below.
Who is eligible for the grants?
Grants are available for businesses within the Plymouth City Region.
What can the scheme grants be used for?
For the grant to be awarded through the scheme, companies must use the funding in capital rather than revenue projects.
Projects which can be funded through the scheme include:-
- site access improvements for walking and cycling
- improved cycle parking
- provision of shower/drying / changing facilities
- electric vehicle (EV) charge points, and associated signage.
This list is not exhaustive, as the Council encourages applicants to be creative in their proposals.
A business can apply for a maximum of £25,000 per site for the purpose of providing financial help towards sustainable workplace travel projects.
A company can apply several times. However, the maximum that will be awarded per site across all years is £25,000.
Businesses must contribute a minimum of 25% of the pre-VAT scheme cost.
To benefit from financial support, employers must undertake site-wide staff travel surveys. The first survey will need to be launched after confirmation of the grant being awarded and before the scheme is completed. A subsequent survey, one year after completion of the scheme, will be required to monitor changes in travel habits following the delivery of the project.
The grant must be used for sustainable workplace transport projects that help to improve accessibility to workplaces whilst also reducing congestion, improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.
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