Fourteen organisations have been picked to receive funds from Design Council CABE in two grant schemes that will involve local communities in design projects in their areas
The first scheme, Neighbourhood Projects Small Grants Programme has selected 13 organisations across the UK to receive grants totalling £81,000.
The funds will provide advice and support for community groups to improve design quality in neighbourhood projects. Proposals include the creation of a design vision for a village, to a neighbourhood climate change mitigation strategy and the formation of a self-build design collective for vulnerable young people. Each organisation has received from £4,000 to £7,000 in grants.
The second scheme, Design Review Small Grants Programme will award five grants totalling £35,000 to local design review panels in Staffordshire, London, Wakefield and Hull. The panels will enable community involvement in reviewing the design quality of proposed new local developments. Each received £7,000.
Diane Haigh, director of design council CABE, said: “Supporting communities in developing their own vision for their area and involving them with local design is vital in ensuring that Britain’s new planning system empowers people and is truly accountable.”
Projects are expected to be completed this September.