Stalled Spaces Scotland

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Stalled Spaces Scotland is a national programme commissioned by the Scottish Government and managed by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) to encourage and support communities to bring stalled spaces or derelict and vacant land back into temporary use. We are looking for great ideas that benefit local people and enhance town centres.

By learning from the award winning Stalled Spaces project led by Glasgow City Council, A&DS is working with seven councils to deliver their own Stalled Spaces Scotland funding initiative. The grants will fund community groups to create temporary activity on under used open spaces in their town centres. Skills training and workshops will help local communities realise their plans.

To align with the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan and the Town Centre First Principle the programme prioritises stalled spaces located within town centres.

The Stalled Spaces Scotland toolkit is designed to support anyone thinking of taking on a stalled space site. The toolkit aims to collect helpful advice and links in one place. The toolkit contains live links and works much better when viewed on screen.

The councils were announced at the Stalled Spaces Scotland seminar on 3 December 2014. They are Angus, Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Fife, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire. The funding for communities will be available from April 2015. If you live in one of these areas and have an idea for a Stalled Spaces Scotland project please see the council information below.

To help with ideas and give practical advice we have produced support materials and films, which you can download by clicking the links to the right of this page.

For more info or to watch the presentations from the Stalled Spaces Scotland seminar please click here.

To find out more about Glasgow City Council’s (GCC) award winning Stalled Spaces initiative watch the Starting not Stalling event film.

For inspiration on how to activate derelict and vacant spaces you can watch presentations from our Glasgow PechaKucha Night 21: Pretty Vacant

We’d love to hear from you if you need more info or printed copies of our Stalled Spaces Scotland leaflet please email:

Local Stalled Spaces Scotland Initiatives

The seven local authorities have developed their own Stalled Spaces Scotland initiatives. For further details in your local area, contact details and links to further information are listed below.


Applications have now closed and seven projects have been awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding. These range from proposals for an outdoor gym in Arbroath to a pop-up market space in Carnoustie. For further details please contact Deborah Gowans:

Argyll and Bute

Applications have now closed, with five projects awarded funding in the first round, with more to follow from a recently closed second round. More information on the programme can be found on the Argyll and Bute Council website. For further details please contact Lorna Pearce:

East Dunbartonshire

A second round of funding is now open, with applications due by 4th December. Details on how to apply can be found on the East Dunbartonshire Council website. For further details please contact Pamela McCreadie:

East Renfrewshire

A second round of funding is due to open to applicants in the coming months. East Renfrewshire Council have launched a website with further details where the application form and guidance notes can be accessed. For further details please contact Mark


A second round of funding is due to open shortly. Details on how to apply can be found on the Fife Council website.
For further details please contact Andrew Walker:

North Ayrshire

Funding is open to the public, with applications due by 30th November. More details can be found on the North Ayrshire Council website.

For further details please contact Jim Cumming:


Renfrewshire council are operating a rolling application programme and the next deadline for participants is the 19th October. Details on how to apply can be found on the Renfrewshire 2023 website. For further details please contact Kirsty Wright:

Image by Lenny Warren. Irene Graham pictured at the Greyfriars Garden Stalled Spaces Project in the Merchant City, Glasgow.


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