About the Grants

Interested in taking over a local service or in buying local land or buildings that matter to your community and taking over the ownership of land and buildings through asset transfer?  


Pre-feasibility grants

These are grants of 5,000 to 10,000 which are designed to help you build the internal capacity of your organisation to be able to deliver services or take on ownership of buildings and land. Some of the ways you might use these grants include;

  • To undertake work to assess and address the capacity of your organisation to bid for service delivery contracts, to deliver services, or to own and manage buildings and land
  • Improve your governance and leadership
  • Support the costs of incorporation or forming a consortium
  • Coaching and mentoring for existing staff to build their skills for service delivery or asset management 

Feasibility Grants

These grants of up to 100,000 are to help your organisation carry out detailed feasibility work in preparation for bidding for service contracts or for developing project and business plans for asset development and ownership. This might include:

  • Development of comprehensive business plans
  • Covering the costs of external expertise to advise you on issues such as TUPE which might apply when you are bidding to deliver a particular service
  • Professional fees related to building related activities, e.g. architects, drawings, ground/building surveys, planning consent and lease negotiations 

Please note that Community Assets and Service Grants cannot be used to develop housing projects.  This includes temporary housing, respite housing, and shelters.

More detail on the type of revenue and capital expenditure that you can apply for can be found in the guidance section.

Capital Grants

Capital grants are no longer available, the deadline for these grants was 26 June 2014. Previously, organisations  ready to take the next step in acquiring a local asset could apply for capital grants between 100,000 and 500,000. 

About the Community Rights Support Programme

These grants are made available under the Community Right to Challenge and Community Ownership and Management of Assets Support Programmes. You can find out more information about these Programmes and the associated rights on My Community Rights.

You can apply for these grants if you planning to take on delivery of public services or own/manage assets more broadly or if you are planning to use the new community rights. The grants are not limited to specific use of the rights.