By Ruth Suther

THE deadline is closing in for groups eager to transform empty spaces in Glasgow.

Up to £4500 of Stalled Spaces funding is available for community groups and organisations across Glasgow looking to develop temporary projects on stalled sites or underused open spaces.

Projects supported by the programme deliver a range of initiatives based on the needs of the community.

Some examples include: growing spaces, wildlife areas, urban gyms and temporary art in the form of pop-up sculptures. The programme is also open to any other initiative ideas.

The deadline to apply is January 17 at 5pm.

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Stalled Spaces was launched in 2011 and in its first five years it has helped more than 100 projects.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convenor for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said: “The Stalled Spaces programme in Glasgow offers support to people and organisations who have ideas to transform unused or underused sites into spaces that provide economic, social and environmental benefits for the local community.”

He added: “This scheme provides funding for successful proposals, so we ask that anyone who thinks they can bring new life to a site in the city to apply before next month’s deadline.”

For more information on applying, contact 0141 287 8555 or visit the Glasgow City Council website