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Apply now for a Charrette Grant for 2015 - 16

charrette community vision exampleThe Scottish Government is inviting community groups and third sector organisations, in addition to local authorities, to apply for the Charrette Mainstreaming Programme for 2015-16. The grant will help communities take the lead in setting up a charrette for their community. For 2015-16, the budget has increased to £300,000.

 

A charrette is an interactive design process where the public and stakeholders work directly with a specialised design team to generate a community vision, masterplan and action plan. Throughout the charrette, the design team develops and revises proposals to incorporate the emerging ideas and concepts generated during meetings and public design sessions. The process produces high quality visual material that is easily understood, in contrast to dry reports and written plans.

 

At the conclusion of each charrette, a final presentation is typically made to the community and stakeholders where all of the ideas, plans, illustrations and conclusions of the process are presented.

 

The fund is open to community groups, third sector organisations, local authorities and anyone involved with the design, planning or delivery of regeneration projects or new development. Proposals from relevant community anchor organisations and other third sector bodies are particularly welcome. Community groups applying directly for funding must be The Scottish Government is inviting community groups and third sector organisations, in addition to local authorities, to apply for the Charrette Mainstreaming Programme for 2015-16. The grant will help communities take the lead in setting up a charrette for their community. For 2015-16, the budget has increased to £300,000.

 

A charrette is an interactive design process where the public and stakeholders work directly with a specialised design team to generate a community vision, masterplan and action plan. Throughout the charrette, the design team develops and revises proposals to incorporate the emerging ideas and concepts generated during meetings and public design sessions. The process produces high quality visual material that is easily understood, in contrast to dry reports and written plans.

 

At the conclusion of each charrette, a final presentation is typically made to the community and stakeholders where all of the ideas, plans, illustrations and conclusions of the process are presented. The fund is open to community groups, third sector organisations, local authorities and anyone involved with the design, planning or delivery of regeneration projects or new development. Proposals from relevant community anchor organisations and other third sector bodies are particularly welcome. Community groups applying directly for funding must be properly constituted bodies and able to receive funds.

 

The charrette programme was piloted in 2011-12 and has expanded over the years with support given to over 30 charrettes in total since then.

The process of collaboration with the public and design team allows for a lot of active engagement, and also develops and tests a wide range of ideas in order to identify approaches that are well-informed and specific to the particular situation.

 

The focus of the 2015-16 charrette programme is on 3 key areas:

 

  • Projects that link community planning and spatial planning processes
  • Charrette projects commissioned directly by communities
  • Linkages between town centre action plans and community plans

 

Please be aware that the Scottish Government has now set a deadline for applications for Charrette grant funding in 2015-16. If you wish to make an application in the current financial year, please ensure you do so by close of business on Friday 30th October.  That is the final date that we will accept applications and we encourage you to apply before then if at all possible. We will make every effort to respond to applications received before then as quickly as possible.

 

Further information can be found at www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/AandP/Projects/SSCI/Mainstreaming or contact jamie.combe@gov.scot.

 

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