The Scottish government has launched a new £325,000 scheme to help communities regenerate their local neighbourhoods. The Making Places Initiative has grown out of the Charette Mainstreaming programme, which teamed people with designers to look at what could be done to improve their places and communities. The Charette programme supported 61 projects in communities across Scotland and has now been broadened into the Making Places Initiative. Under the extended programme, communities will be offered advice, support and guidance from Architecture and Design Scotland and other organisations to help them have ‘meaningful discussions about place, and set their priorities’, according to a Holyrood briefing note. Details of how to apply for this community capacity building element of the programme will be announced shortly on Match-funded grants will also be available under the programme to help community groups, charities and local authorities to take forward design projects. According to the briefing … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart