Set up a community transport scheme

Parishes, charities and community groups can set up transport schemes to give those who cannot easily access other public transport access to a bus or car service.

This might be a local village bus to transport villagers to the nearest town for shopping or a volunteer car service to take people to medical appointments.

We have no statutory obligation to provide community transport schemes, but support and encourage communities to run their own services where there is a need for transport. We can also offer advice, signposting and networking and award community transport grants to help establish, improve or extend a scheme.

Read our guide to setting up a community transport scheme (PDF, 878.3 KB) for everything you need to know, including details of organisations that can help such as the Community Transport Association.

Schemes that benefited from last year's funding

We awarded over £400k in community transport grants last year. Successful bids included: