Apply for a grant to change your place for the better!

The Young Placechangers Ideas Fund supports Youth Groups to engage with others in their communities to take action to improve the environmental quality, biodiversity, playability and vibrancy of neighbourhoods.

Young Placechangers are young people between the ages of 12-25 who want to change their local environment for the better. This could be their local greenspace, street, community centre garden, whole village, neighbourhood or town. The Young Placechangers lead community placemaking projects in their local communities.

The Young Placechangers Programme encourage the use and build the capacity of young people to make use of Community Placemaking and the Place Standard. 

Launch media release 11 October

The Ideas Fund has two funding levels:

Seed corn funding: Groups can apply for up to £500 to get started on their projects – engage with the wider community and develop their ideas. Successful applicants will have 3 months from the date of their grant offer to spend and submit a short report on the awarded funding. Funded groups will receive their grant in full at the start of their project.

Download the Seedcorn application guidance and application form

Ideas Fund: Groups can apply for up to £3000 to involve their local community to further develop their idea and deliver changes on the ground.

The Ideas Fund will support physical improvement of spaces (with the landowner’s permission), as well as event programmes (outdoor play, bioblitz etc.) and sessional staff/youth worker costs where appropriate.

Successful applicants will have 7 months from the date of their grant offer to spend and submit a short report on the awarded funding. The Ideas Fund pays funded groups 80% of their grant at the start of their project and 20% when the project report is submitted.

You can apply for an Ideas Fund grant even if you haven’t completed a Seedcorn project, but it will be an additional condition of grant that your group receive training in how to use community placemaking and the place standard from us.

Download the Ideas Fund guidance

Request an Ideas Fund Application form by emailing Angela Houghton, Young Placechangers Development Officer 

Deadlines

You can apply to the Ideas Fund at any time. Seed corn grant applications for up to £500 are awarded at a rolling basis. However, there are set points when Ideas Fund applications (up to £3000) are reviewed and awarded

An Advisory Board with representatives from Architecture and Design Scotland (AD&S), Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), Grow Wild Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Youth Scotland (including young people between 12-25) will meet to decide which Ideas Fund projects to fund.

Deadlines for Round 2 and Round 3:
Round 2: 26 February 2019
Round 3: 4 June 2019

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who can apply

All youth groups and constituted groups that work with young people. Projects led by a not-for-profit group working for the benefit of local people.

If you are not working with a constituted group but would still like to be part of the programme email us and we can look at other options to support your application

2. What is community placemaking?

Community Placemaking is about bringing people together to find ways of making public spaces useful and improve their quality, appearance and function.  It involves looking at spaces, listening to and asking questions of the people in a space to discover their needs and hopes. This information is brought together to create a common vision and action plan – followed by practical action to deliver ‘quick-win’ changes on the ground.

3. What is the Place Standard?

The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making).The tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing you to consider all the elements of a place in a methodical way. The tool pinpoints the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve.

4. What is heritage?

The tangible - our historical sites, buildings, monuments, objects in museum artefacts and archives.

The natural - our waterways, landscapes, parks, woodlands, bogs, uplands, native wildlife, insects, plants, trees, birds and animals.

The intangible - our customs, sports, music, dance, folklore, crafts, skills, and knowledge.

5. What awards can we link our placechanging project to?

You can link your placechanging project to a range of awards including the Hi5 Awards, Dynamic Youth Awards, Youth Achievement awards and other awards, such as the John Muir Award and Duke of Edinburgh 

6. When will we know if our application has been successful?

All successful applications will be notified a month after the application deadline. If you are unsuccessful we will offer to work with you to improve your application and try again!

7. When do we have to complete our projects by?

If you are awarded an Ideas fund grant (up to £3000) You have 7 months from the date of your grant offer to spend and submit a short report on the awarded funding. The Ideas Fund pays funded groups 80% of their grant at the start of their project and 20% when the project report is submitted.

If you are awarded a Seed corn grant you have 3 months from the date of your grant offer to spend and submit a short report on the awarded funding. Funded groups will receive their grant in full at the start of their project. 

8. We have an idea, but need help to develop it - can you help us?

Yes, Angela our Young Placechangers Development Officer can help you develop your idea, so you can apply for a Seed corn grant. We also offer Young Placechangers training sessions and residential training weekends for young people and their youth workers to get to grip with the placechanging tools and approaches. Our next Young Placechangers training residential training weekend is in November and there will be one in March 2019, too.

The programme and Ideas fund is delivered in partnership with Youth Scotland and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Government.