Design Council Cabe seeks design support partners

Design Council CABE is currently seeking expressions of interest from community groups who will receive grant funding of up to £10,000 from the Design Council for design and planning of a community-led project, with a deadline of 20 August 2012.

Design Council CABE writes:
If you are a community group you can apply now to get free professional expertise to improve design in your neighbourhood.

Local communities know their neighbourhoods best. We know that they are full of enthusiasm and ideas for ways to make their neighbourhoods look and feel better and we are here to help. Our new programme, Design Your Neighbourhood, will fund the provision of design expertise and support to a small number of communities and help them turn ideas into action. It will help to improve design for neighbourhoods, housing, other buildings and public space such as streets and parks.

We are now accepting applications. The deadline is 20 August 2012.

How it works
Design Your Neighbourhood works by linking community groups to local design partners that provide expertise in architecture, planning and/or urban design. Design support equal to a value of up to approximately £10,000 will be provided to each project. The programme runs from September 2012 to March 2013.

Who can apply?
Design Your Neighbourhood is open to applications from local community groups. This includes neighbourhood forums, civic societies, residents associations, community trusts, town and parish councils and similar types of non-profit organisations.

To be eligible, your community group should:

· Operate in a specific neighbourhood (this could be a particular town, village, street, estate or other defined area)
· Be in England
· Be non-profit making
· Be formally constituted (e.g. a registered charity or community trust).

What types of project will we support?
We will fund design support for community-led projects that improve the design of neighbourhoods, buildings, streets, parks or other public spaces. We are looking for projects that go beyond detailed designs for a particular building or space, to consider the wider role of design in transforming a neighbourhood. Your project must have a strong public benefit. We will not fund the cost of building materials or capital works.

To find out more mail the Cabe team at the Design Council at neighbourhoods@designcouncil.org.uk

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