Renfrewshire Council

About the Community Empowerment Fund

The purpose of the fund is to support community organisations to acquire and develop community assets.

The fund will be able to support and develop community organisations with a specific focus on assisting those organisations that wish to acquire and develop community assets in three ways:

  • Project: Support the development of the Business Plan for an asset
  • Organisation: Develop the organisational capacity to manage and develop an asset
  • Property: Upfront investment in assets prior to or after transfer

The fund is designed to support the development of community organisations and build their capacity to undertake potential asset transfers.   As such, it is not required that a group has already acquired an asset to apply for the Community Empowerment Fund, so groups are welcome to apply for the fund before they have an asset.

What is Community Asset Transfer?

Asset transfer is a process to allow a community organisation to take over publicly-owned land or buildings, in a way that recognises the public benefits that the community use will bring. That may be a discounted price, a grant or other support, or simply the agreement to transfer something the public authority did not plan to sell. If the land is put up for sale or lease and a community body offers the best (or the only) bid, that is just a commercial transaction.

An asset is something that has value to someone. In relation to "asset transfer" under the Community Empowerment Act it means land and any buildings or other structures on the land, like bridges, walls or piers. It does not include vehicles or equipment.

More information on asset transfer, including guidance for community bodies, can be found on the Scottish Government website here.

Who can apply?

Any constituted voluntary or community organisation can apply.

It should be noted that organisations must be 'Community Transfer Bodies' to be eligible for Community Asset Transfer.  While this is not a requirement for applications to this fund, organisations should be aware of and working towards this status.

When can I apply?

Applications are invited from 1st July 2018 and the fund will remain open.

How much can I apply for?

Grants will be considered in two categories:

·  Funding applications to develop the project or organisation, up to a value of £10,000

·  Funding applications for costs related to property, up to a value of £50,000