The Great Place Scheme

News story posted: 12/05/2017

Great Place Scheme logoThe Great Place Scheme will fund projects in areas where there is a commitment to embed heritage in local plans and decision-making. By strengthening the networks between heritage, civic and community organisations, including community councils, and by involving citizens and local businesses, projects will enhance the role that heritage plays in the future of each place participating in the scheme. In time this will lead to the wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits that heritage can achieve.


This is a pilot scheme. It will fund activities which can be built on in the future, and whose learning can be shared with other places.


What will the Great Place Scheme do?


The Great Place Scheme will invest in 5 to 10 places across Scotland to achieve the following:


  • Build on existing strengths within the heritage sector in order to maximise its positive social, environmental and economic contribution.
  • Develop partnerships between the heritage sector and place-based initiatives operating in Scotland, so that the contribution of the sector and future potential for greater collaboration is recognised and supported by long-term plans and strategies for the area.


The scheme will enable places throughout Scotland to put heritage at the heart of the future vision for their area. The successful places will be able to access investment, advice and guidance from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Geographic focus


In Scotland the aim is to support 5 to 10 places, from a range of different areas which are both urban and rural, to participate in the scheme.


You are invited to think creatively about the geographies that you could serve. This might be across more than one council area, or the relationship between an urban area and adjoining rural areas. Boundaries need not be contiguous or administrative.


You will need to determine the scale and the geographic boundaries of the ‘place’ where your project will be delivered. You should make a case in your application for why the geography you have chosen is relevant and meaningful in the light of the ambitions of the Great Place Scheme.  The size of a place should be considered, to ensure sufficient resources and impact can be made through the project. A place could be:


  • a city or town and its hinterland;
  • a single local authority area;
  • wards from one burgh or different burghs;
  • a grouping of rural towns/ townships;
  • an island or group of neighbouring islands;
  • a national park or other designation eg. a landscape designation, World Heritage Site or conservation area.


How much funding is available?


You can apply for between £100,000 and £1,000,000 for activity to be delivered over a period of up to three years.


The application process has one round only, but you must submit an Expression of Interest before completing an application form.


In order to apply for this scheme, you must submit an Expression of Interest by midday, 8 June 2017.


Read more about the scheme and how to apply at https://www.greatplacescheme.org.uk/scotland


There will also be a live Q&A about the scheme and how to apply on Twitter on this website on Tuesday 16 May from 2.30-3.30pm: https://www.hlf.org.uk/community/general-discussions-forum/great-place-scheme-scotland-live-qa


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