The Council is now making available grants of up to £20,000 for capital works that can assist town centres like Govan adapt to the challenges of Covid-19. Funds are available to animate spaces for safe movement, trading and improved public space quality. The submission date for applications is 20 November 2020. All contracts must be let by 31 March 2021 and works complete by the end of September 2021. Full details are available on this dedicated webpage: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/26440/Animating-Spaces
The Animating Spaces grant can cover a variety of capital works. These could include building directly upon existing Spaces for People works, creating outdoor seating areas or greenery within existing cordoned off areas of streets or parking. It could also include a whole range of environmental improvements such as creating a new public space, shopfront improvements, lighting enhancement or refitting a vacant shop unit for community use. Where works have an effect on or are sited next to the public realm or street, there is an expectation that they will be safe to use, easily reversible and temporary in character. All work carried out must be fit for purpose, weather-resistant and must not obstruct public walkways.
Eligible costs can be up to 100% depending on circumstances and can cover:
- Professional fees and costs such as appointing an architect to produce drawings, oversee and certify works and obtain any required statutory consents;
- Costs from works such as contractors’ invoices and materials.
Priority will be given to those applications that can demonstrate local linkages, particularly the support of the local community council and other community organisations. Please consult the guidance on the use of Council land, including the use of external areas and planning permission, which can be seen here.
The Animating Spaces Grant is part of a larger town centre grant fund. You can find out more here: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/gtcap