Applications open for town centre regeneration charrettes

The Scottish Government has opened up applications for grants to support community design charrettes as part of support for town centre regeneration. 

Charrettes are an interactive design process in which the public and stakeholders work directly with a specialised design team to generate a specific community vision, usually based around a masterplan.

The total grant available this year is £120,000, with a maximum grant awarded to any one project expected to be in the order of £15,000-£20,000. A closing date of 21 August for a first round of submissions has been set.

The Scottish Government has invited local authorities, community and third sector organisations, and anyone involved with the design, planning or delivery of town centre renewal to submit concise proposals for grant to assist in the cost of a suitable charrette project.

In its guidance the Scottish Government notes:

"Town centre charrettes may be undertaken at the beginning or any suitable later stage of a regeneration project, but proposers should be able to produce a strong case for how they expect the regeneration of the town centre to benefit from utilising charrette-style working."

You can find out more information here.