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Transport Funding

Transport Funding

Transport is essential in providing people with access to work, learning, health care, food shops and leisure activities.

But the lack of transport can be a barrier, particularly to the young and people with restricted access to transport. To overcome this, we can help eligible people through transport funding.  

We provide two types of transport funding; Community Transport Grant Funding and Rural Youth Initiative Funding (RUIF).

These funds provide help with transport costs for new initiatives, which can be either a one-off trip or for regular journeys.

The funding is not aimed at being a permanent solution for regular journeys, we also encourage organisations to self fund in the longer term.

What schemes are supported by Community Transport Funding?

  • Wheels 2 Work

  • Campaigns to encourage voluntary drivers

  • Transport schemes which are not covered by the Youth Initiative Fund

  • Any demand responsive transport will be considered

  • Other schemes as agreed by the Cabinet Member

What can the funding be used for?

Any organisation concerned with:

  • Education

  • Religion

  • Social welfare

  • Recreation and other activities beneficial to the community

Who can draw on the money?

  • Parish councils

  • Charity or welfare groups

  • Voluntary groups

  • Youth organisations

Who can’t draw on the money?

  • Individuals

  • Organisations whose transport needs are covered by existing funding

  • Any activities already in existence

How can the money be used?

The money can be used to cover the following costs:

  • Hiring of minibuses or other vehicles from voluntary or other groups

  • Hiring of vehicles from the council, either with or without a driver

  • Expenditure on local taxi voucher schemes

  • Costs of training/testing volunteer drivers for MiDAS or D1 Driving Licence entitlement*

  • Cost of hiring a suitable vehicle form a commercial provider, if a community transport or council vehicle is not available

This list is not exhaustive.

*The name of any driver whose MiDAS or D1 training has been provided or funded by the council will be placed on a general list of volunteers. They may be asked to drive for a variety of voluntary organisations in North Lincolnshire. This is an opportunity, not an obligation.

What can’t the funding be used for?

Local bus services, unless provided by volunteers.

How can my organisation apply?

Please contact the Public and Community Transport Team, either by email on public.transport@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297469.

We will assess the merits of each application to make sure that funds are awarded to projects that will best improve transport for those that most need it. 

What is Rural Youth Initiative Funding?

Rural Youth Initiative Funding (RUIF) is available for community groups and charities who provide activities for young people.

These organisations can apply to the council in advance to cover the cost of a trip or service. This can be done directly or through sponsorship from their parish council. If the application is accepted, we will either pay the agreed bill or reimburse money paid by the hiring organisation.

What can the funding be used for?

  • The funding has been provided to meet the cost of transport for additional activities that involve children and young people. This is in addition to activities that are already mainstreamed.

  • Funding can be used for trips such as sporting events and activities, cultural activities and recreation. It also includes transport to events outside the district.

  • The funding can cover transport needs for young people up to the age of 25.

  • The funding has to be beneficial for a young person who either lives in or is educated in North Lincolnshire.

The money can be used to cover the following costs:

  • Hiring of minibuses or other vehicles from voluntary or other groups.

  • Hiring vehicles from the council, either with or without the driver.

  • The cost of hiring a suitable vehicle form a commercial provider, if a community transport or council vehicle isn't available.  

  • Providing the costs for young people to travel on the existing public transport system.

This list is not exhaustive.

What can’t the funding be used for?

  • Schemes that have already been established and have allocated budgets for the cost

  • School trips and activities that should be funded by schools, such as a sporting match between two schools or a school trip

Who can draw on the money?

Any organisation that is involved in organising events and activities for young people. These might include other council services, such as Sports, Leisure and Culture and People’s Services who deal with:

  • children and young people

  • voluntary and community organisation

  • schools and academies

  • town and parish councils

  • youth organisations

  • other public sector organisations providing additional schemes, such as the Police and the On Target programme

Who can’t draw on the money?

  • Individuals

  • Organisations whose transport needs are covered by existing funding

How can my organisation apply for RUIF?

Please download the RUIF application form [PDF, 120Kb] and return it to us. 

We will assess the merits of each application to ensure that funds are awarded to projects that will best improve transport for those that most need it.

Rural Youth Initiative Funding
Example of funding - RUIF provides transport for Scunthorpe United Disability Football training sessions

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Contact details

public.transport@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 297460

Public & Community Transport Team
North Lincolnshire Council
Hewson House
Station Road
Brigg
DN20 8XY 

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm

Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays

Last updated: 14/10/2015
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