An illustration of 4 hands holding up a globe surrounded by the City of Glasgow. Text reads: City Change Makers: Neighbourhood Action for People and Planet

Climate change is affecting us all

Our cities are getting wetter and everyday items are more expensive as the impact unfolds across the world.


Applications close 23rd July at 12 noon


We need to take action. We need to do it now. And we need to do it together!

Do you have an idea that tackles climate change and can improve your neighbourhood?

We are looking for two local organisations in Calton, Govan or Southside Central, to join our City Change Makers programme and help us reduce environmental impact in Glasgow while improving wellbeing for people locally.

To try and understand how the city might support people in Glasgow to better respond to climate change, Glasgow City Council’s Centre for Civic Innovation is working with the Council's Sustainability team and C40 Cities through the Thriving Cities Initiative (TCI) to create City Change Makers - Neighbourhood action, for people and planet.

Delivering impact

We have funding to support organisations to prototype, test and scale their ideas and support neighbourhood action that builds resilience to the impacts of climate change, while improving the wellbeing of people and planet.

Interested? Come along to our online information session and find out how you can become a City Change Maker!

We need you!

The City Change Makers is an innovative design accelerator programme that will guide participants through the steps required to turn their ideas for local climate action into reality.

Participants will develop skills in creative problem solving, research, communication, collaboration and build resilience in them as individuals and the wider community.

Each organisation will work in partnership with The Centre for Civic Innovation and take part in our Climate Design Challenge Accelerator programme where we will support 10 local people in each area to develop ideas, test them out and turn them into reality! Our City Change Makers will receive a grant for participation and organisations will receive up to £25,000 to make the ideas a reality.

Interested? Skip to our FAQs to find out more about how you can become a City Change Maker!

Timeline: 9th July Information session and application form opens, 23rd July application form closes at 12 noon, 24th July we evaluate applications and announce partners, 26th July Meet with 2 partner organisations to set up, 2nd August City Change Makers programme starts! 26th September is the celebration event
six people hugging the earth in a circle, they're definitely being nice to the earth

Why?

In Glasgow, our Climate Plan outlines an ambition to reach Net Zero Carbon by 2030. To meet this goal, City Change Makers will work with local people and organisations to scale the good things they are already doing, test new ways of tackling climate change, and build capacity at a local level.

The Centre for Civic Innovation has been listening to, and learning from, people across Glasgow’s neighbourhoods to better understand the challenges they face today. We work with people and learn from their experiences to help co-design a future Glasgow where communities can thrive and people can be proud. We believe that creating positive change requires ground-up solutions, especially when it comes to complex issues like climate change, that impact people’s everyday lives.

So that we can work quickly and efficiently, we will be working at a small scale initially, but our goal will be to deliver impactful projects at a local level that help shape policy and advocate for citywide change to help Glasgow meet its climate targets and become a more resilient and equitable city.


If you have any questions check our Frequently Asked Questions

To facilitate this process, and bridge this gap between new action and the inertias of existing culture and rules, means we need intermediaries, champions, change agents, facilitators, and opinion leaders. In short, the kind of individuals who can influence other practitioners towards best practice, helping them to make sense of codified information and navigate through different organisational contexts.

Centre for Local Economic Strategies, 2020