Applications open for Design Charrettes Fund and Activating Ideas Fund

News story posted: 04/08/2016

Illustration shows a city being designed in a smartphone appThe Scottish Government is inviting community groups, third sector organisations, and local authorities to apply for 2016-17 Design Charrettes Fund and a new fund, the Activating Ideas Fund. A total of £300,000 is available across the two  funds, helping communities across the country to have a say on shaping and planning their town centres and neighbourhoods.


A charrette is a collaborative design process. Over a few days, at interactive workshops, the community and partners discuss with each other and facilitators what issues and possible solutions there are in their local area. These discussions then generate a community vision, masterplan and action plan.


Grants of around £10,000 to £20,000 are open for applications by community groups, third sector organisations, local authorities and anyone involved with the design, planning or delivery of regeneration projects or new developments.


Since 2011, the Scottish Government charrette mainstreaming programme has supported 49 charrettes across Scotland. In 2015 8 out of 17 charrettes that received funding were led by community groups, including Pollokshields Community Council and Blairgowrie Community Council.


The Activating Ideas fund offers assistance in developing ideas into detailed proposals that can support delivery. The total amount of funding any one project will receive from this fund is expected to be around £15,000. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their project has a strong track record of community participation and innovation.


How to apply

Both funds are now open for applications with a closing date of Friday 16th September. Full details, including how to apply for funding can be found at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/charrette-programme-activating-ideas-fund/



UPDATE 04/08/16: Scottish Government is very keen to encourage applications from community groups. In order to support more community-led projects, Scottish Government would be happy to engage with community groups to discuss the development of their proposals.  Should the initial submissions deadline prove challenging for a community group to meet then they would encourage groups to submit an outline proposal using the summary application form. Scottish Government will take account of this in their assessment process, and if the panel feel there is potential for a strong application, Scottish Government may contact you for further information, before making a decision.


More information



cosla logo improvement service logo
scottish government logo