Grants available to create cycling legacy

animated[1]Apply for grants worth up to £500

To celebrate the third stage of Le Tour de France starting in Cambridge next year, £20,000 is being made available to local groups to make the visit of the sporting spectacular even more memorable.

The Cycle Legacy Small Grant Fund has been created by Cambridgeshire County Council to support activities or events linked to and inspired by cycling or Le Tour.

To be eligible, groups or organisations should put forward activities within their community which will involve and motivate people to create a lasting and positive legacy to mark this historic visit of the race to Cambridgeshire.

Each grant will be up to a maximum of £500 and additional funding or support in kind will be expected.

The grants are being awarded in three rounds and the deadlines for applications for each round are: 17 January, 7 March and 11 April.

For more details on the guidance and how to apply please go to:www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/cycling/cycle_legacy.

Cllr Noel Kavanagh, Cycling Champion at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The visit of Le Tour de France to Cambridge and the county next year will be a fantastic occasion. The key for us is to make sure we celebrate the day but also help to support events around Cambridgeshire to ensure the impact of the race spreads far and wide. This is why we have diverted existing funds to create the Cycle Legacy Small Grant Fund.

“If you are a group or organisation which is based in the county and have an event which is linked to cycling or the race we would like to hear from you. While we don’t have a huge pot of funding, we hope the money we are making available will help to make an event or celebration happen so please get in touch.”

The Grand Départ will race from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, York to Sheffield on July 6, and a third stage will travel from Cambridge to London on July 7.

Beginning on Gonville Place by Parker’s Piece, the peloton will ride through the city centre, past the world famous colleges of St Johns, Trinity and Kings as they cycle along Kings Parade and Trumpington Street before leaving the city via Trumpington Road.

The peloton will then race through the rest of Cambridgeshire via the A1301 before leaving the county via Saffron Walden and through Essex towards London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

Exact details of the route can be found at www.letour.2014stage3.com and more details about Yorkshire’s stages are available online at www.letouryorkshire.com.

In the build up to the arrival of the Tour, detailed information will be given to residents, businesses and visitors regarding the impact of the race on Cambridge and the county. This will be made available online atwww.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3 www.cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge as well as through leaflets, roadshows and events.

Information will also be made available via Facebook:www.facebook.com/LeTourCambridge or Twitter:www.twitter.com/LeTourCambridge.