WA Bicycle Network Grants Program

The Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) Grants Program is an initiative of the State Government, administered by the Department of Transport.

  About the Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program

The WABN Grants Program is one of the key actions detailed in the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2014-2031 which sets out a framework for the provision of a safe and sustainable cycling network across WA. For more information visit the WA Bicycle Network Plan project page.

Application rounds for the WABN Grants Program are typically run on an annual basis.

The next grant application intake for WABN infrastructure and planning projects to be delivered in 2023-24 and 2024-25, is scheduled to open at 9.00 am, Thursday 6 October 2022 and close at 6.00 pm, Thursday 3 November 2022. Further information about these grants is available under ‘WABN Grants 2023-24/2024-25’ below.

A new grant category has been added to the WABN Grants Program. Applications for Active Travel Officer grants are now open and will close at 6.00 pm, Friday 18 November 2022. This grant category is being delivered separate to the bicycle infrastructure and planning category. Further information about these grants is available under ‘Active Travel Officer Grants 2023-24’ below.

Previous grant recipients and awarded projects are available below.

To receive WABN Grants Program updates, subscribe to the WABN Program e-newsletter.

WABN Grants 2023-24 / 2024-25

In 2023-24 / 2024-25, up to $8 million in grants, for up to 50% of the total project cost, will be made available to local government authorities for the planning and implementation of bicycle network infrastructure and programs. This funding will be split evenly between the Perth and Peel regions, and regional WA. 

The next grant application intake for WABN infrastructure and planning projects to be delivered in 2023-24 and 2024-25, is scheduled to open via SmartyGrants at 9.00 am, Thursday 6 October 2022 and will close at 6.00 pm, Thursday 3 November 2022. A link to SmartyGrants will be provided here when the intake opens.

Local government authorities are encouraged to attend a pre-application briefing session. These sessions will be conducted online (via Teams) and are scheduled for:

  • 10.30 am Tuesday 4 October 2022
  • 10.30 am Wednesday 5 October 2022

Please register your interest in these sessions here.

Grant opportunity guidelines and other program supporting documentation are available to download below.

Local government authorities are encouraged to subscribe to the WABN Program e-newsletter to receive program updates such as application timeframes.

Active Travel Officer Grants 2023-24

A grant category has been added to the WABN Grants Program.

The Active Travel Officer Grant category will provide funding for Local Government Authorities (LGAs) to employ an Active Travel Officer using a seed grant funding model for three years, commencing in 2023-24, in six local governments across regional and metropolitan areas. 

Active Travel Officer grants will increase LGA capacity and expertise to develop and deliver local active travel initiatives. The Active Travel Officers will:

  • deliver bicycle planning and infrastructure projects in-line with the WABN Plan and Long-Term Cycle Network (LTCN) and implement initiatives that support the WABN Grants Program;
  • support the delivery of major State Government active transport initiatives, including Principal Shared Path (PSP) projects and bicycle network activation programs;
  • influence local government policy and build Executive support for active travel initiatives; and
  • coordinate active travel to school initiatives, including Connecting Schools Grants, Your Move Schools participation, infrastructure projects, and planning for new schools (in liaison with State Government agencies).

Interested LGAs are invited to attend a pre-application briefing 

  • In Person: 10:00am Tuesday 11 October at 140 William Street Perth 
  • Online: 10:00am Thursday 13 October via Teams

RSVP to the session you would like to attend via wabngrants@transport.wa.gov.au

Registrations are essential.

Grant guidelines and the application form are available to download below. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact DoT via wabngrants@transport.wa.gov.au to discuss their proposals before making a submission..

Applications open 9:00am Tuesday 27 September. 

Applications close 6:00pm Friday 18 November 2022. 

Late applications will not be accepted. 

  Awarded WABN Grants 2022-23 / 2023-24

As above, an application intake was not run in 2021 for projects to be delivered in 2022-23 and 2023-24. Instead, reserve projects from the previous round (2020) have been awarded funding. 

A full list of metropolitan and regional projects awarded grants can be found below.

External Link 14/04/2022: More than $8 million in grants to connect WA communities

WABN Grants Review 2021-22

Due to a comprehensive review of the WABN Grants Program in 2021-22, the grant intake was suspended for that year and funding was awarded to eligible projects on the reserve list for delivery in 2022-23 and 2023-24.

The review addressed recommendations in the Auditor General’s report on grants administration and took into consideration feedback from program stakeholders and the sustained growth in funding demand.

As a result, the Department has developed improved stakeholder guidance on how grant funding is administered, including the application, assessment, award, agreement, monitoring, acquittal and review. This guidance is being implemented for the 2022 WABN grants intake (refer to ‘WABN Grants 2023-24’ for more information.

WABN Grants Program e-newsletters

  WABN Grants Program supporting documents

External Link Austroads: Publications

  WABN Grants Program projects

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