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Design Council CABE hands out £114k for communities work

Design Council CABE has named the 14 organisations who will pocket grants totalling £114,000 to fund work with local communities to raise design quality in their area

The first grant scheme: ‘Neighbourhood Projects Small Grants Programme’ has selected 13 varied organisations across the country to receive small grants, totalling £79,000, for advice and support to community groups to help them improve design quality in neighbourhood projects.

The organisations range from the Bath Preservation Trust, to Groundwork in Merseyside, MADE in Birmingham, the North of England Civic Trust in Cumbria and Sustrans in Buckinghamshire. Each will fund an individual project, such as a design ‘vision’ for a village, to a neighbourhood climate change mitigation design strategy or starting a self-build design collective for vulnerable young people.

Bath Preservation TrustLondon Rd Neighbourhood Climate Change Mitigation Design Strategy£7,000
BeamTransforming the Lockies£7,000
Groundwork MerseysideWirral Partnerships Homes Neighbourhoods Design Guide£7,000
Kent Architecture CentreCharing Village Design Workshop£3,950
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art2Up 2Down£7,000
MADEThe Charterhouse£2,375
North of England Civic TrustChambers and Street£4,713
Northern ArchitectureDesigning Ouseburn’s Future£7,000
Open CityAndover Estate New Build Project£7,000
OpunSneinton Vision£7,000
SustransDIY Streets Bradenham£7,000
TransForm PlacesRegeneration proposals for the Spring Gardens/Bishops Walk site£7,000
Urban Vision North StaffordshireGreat Wood Community Hub, Tean£4,556


The second grant scheme: ‘Design Review Small Grants Programme’, will award five grants, totalling £35,000, to local design review panels in Staffordshire, London, Wakefield and Hull ‘to help them explore new ways to involve the community’ in reviewing the design quality of planned developments in their area.

Arc in Hull, with two design review grant awards, proposes to work with two school communities and a neighbourhood group in Kingswood; Open City in London proposes to work with a residents design review panel in Barking and Dagenham; Beam in Wakefield proposes to work with community in South Kirby to develop as well as review a design proposal.

Diane Haigh, Director of Design Council CABE said: ‘Supporting communities in developing their own vision for their area, and involving them with local design review is vital in ensuring that Britain’s new planning system empowers people and is truly accountable.’

Projects are expected to be completed by Spring 2011; an event showcasing the outcomes and lessons learnt from each of the successful projects will be held at the Design Council in Summer 2011.

The grants are part of Design Council’s commitment to supporting initiatives to promote the value of good design in businesses and communities.

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