Planning and Architecture

Community Led Design Funding

May 8, 2019 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

Community-Led Design

Since 2011-12, the Scottish Government has offered grant funding to support participative design events, allowing communities to be involved in the design of changes and improvements to their place.

Community-led design processes allow local people to come together to develop plans and designs relating to their area. More information here.

Design processes can take many forms, from intensive working over a few days to projects that adopt a slower pace over a longer timescale. Events where communities work intensively with a professional design team over a number of days, (sometimes known as charrettes) are eligible for support and the fund is also open to supporting other types of community-led design and capacity-building processes.

Funding in previous years has been provided through the Charrette Mainstreaming Programme and the Making Places Initiative. For 2019-20, funding for community-led design can now be accessed through the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities fund, part of the Empowering Communities Programme.

The Investing in Communities Fund is a new streamlined communities fund that builds on the learning from previous Scottish Government community funds. The fund aims to promote a more responsive, community-led place-based approach. One that is flexible and can adapt to existing and emerging community issues, circumstances and priorities; and in a way that encourages more effective strategic neighbourhood/place-based partnership working in a holistic way. The fund is open to community groups only.

The fund brings together a staged funding approach to enable communities to develop funding proposals from:
• capacity building stage – to strengthen communities;
• design stage – to identify local priorities; and through to
• delivery stage – to address what is most important to the community.

How to Apply

Applications for Community Led Design funding should be made through the Investing in Communities Fund. The fund is now open to applications and will close on 14 June 2019.

Download the application form, guidance notes and help notes.

Applications should be submitted to no later than 6 pm on 14 June 2019.
If you have any questions relating to applications for community-led design support, please contact

General queries relating to other aspects of the Investing in Communities Fund should be sent to