To help applicants along the asset transfer journey, there is a wide range of support and guidance available including:
- Scottish Government Summary guidance for community groups and organisations who are considering taking ownership of assets, currently controlled by local authorities.
- A step-by-step guide for community bodies on asset transfer
Support & funding organisations
- The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) has been funded by the Scottish Government to support community based groups in Scotland take a stake in or ownership of previously publicly owned land or buildings and is an invaluable source of information.
- The Scottish Land Fund is a programme which supports community organisations across Scotland to own land, buildings and other assets. Funded by the Scottish Government, grants of up to £1million are available.
- Community Channel Scotland introduces you to resources that can help you to build your capacity as group members and as an organisation.
- Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has advice on its website for groups setting up a formal organisation, including advice on charitable status.
- Community Land Scotland supports the growth of community land ownership in Scotland.
- Scottish Land Fund funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.
- Communities considering acquiring historic buildings or assets should contact the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
- Funding Scotland provides access to up to date, high quality information on funding opportunities to third sector organisations in Scotland and provides a search of over 1,300 funding opportunities.
Template and example documents
Examples of model constitutions and guidance for unincorporated organisation and Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).