School travel plan funding opportunities

There are a range of funding sources available for schools.

DCSF Capital Grant

  • one off grant paid to schools after original STP was first approved (pre-2010)
  • £3,750 + £5 per pupil for primary and £5,000 + £5 per pupil for secondary
  • paid in 50% instalments the October and February after submitting STP via Standards Fund under code 40620 2.1a
  • VA Schools are paid via their diocese board
  • needs to be spent and accounted for before further STP funding. Please check if your school still has your DCSF Capital Grant left to spend

Small grants

We regularly offer schools the opportunity to apply for a small grant (up to £4,000) to spend on sustainable travel initiatives within their STP action plan.

Examples of what schools have spent their small grant funding on:

  • holding events such as car free days, cycle to school days etc
  • competitions and incentives to encourage children to walk/cycle
  • designing and printing leaflets advertising initiatives to parents
  • cycle or scooter parking
  • pool bikes for staff or pupils

Mayor’s Cycle Parking

  • easy to mistake Mayor’s Cycle Parking as a STP Capital Grant expenditure (many schools received both at the same time)
  • if your school would like to be put forward to receive free cycle parking for pupils please email providing details of your current cycle parking facilities and the demand at your school for cycle parking. Please note we will put forward a case for your school to TfL, however funding is limited so we can make no guarantees

Other potential funding sources or resources

Funding source Details Contact details
Awards for all


Big Lottery funding

£300 to £10,000
For “healthier and more active people and communities”


0845 412030

The National Lottery community funding Search for lottery funding Lottery Funding
Co-operative Group walking bus pack For schools near a co-op interested in starting a walking bus.

Available for free:

  • hi-viz vests
  • banner
  • posters
  • hi-viz snapbands
Tesco community grants scheme One-off donations of between £500 and £4,000 Tesco community grants scheme

0845 612 3575

The Sport England small grants programme


£300 to £10,000
Applications for projects using sport as a means to an end are acceptable, but there must be a clear sporting benefit
The Sport England Small Grants Programme


Healthy heart grants


Up to £10,000 for projects that promote heart health and help prevent, or reduce, the risks of heart disease. Healthy heart grants

0113 297 6206


Page updated on: 11 December 2019