Renfrewshire Council

Community Empowerment Fund

About the Community Empowerment Fund, criteria and how to apply.

We are committed to building strong, safe and resilient communities and recognises that one of Renfrewshire's greatest assets is the thriving network of local community groups and organisations.

Community groups are increasingly playing a strong role across Scotland in planning and delivering services that meet local needs, complementing those provided by public services.  This community provision has a particular strength in developing innovative and flexible activities that are valued by local people and helps to build a real sense of community pride and cohesion.

There is also increasing interest among community groups in becoming owners or custodians of publicly owned buildings and land through community asset transfer.  This is helping to ensure that we get as much productive use as possible from the assets in our communities, harnessing the ideas and capabilities of local people. 

We are committed to promoting and supporting the principles of community empowerment and encouraging interest in community asset transfer. 

We have committed £1.5 million to establish a Community Empowerment Fund to support community groups to develop their ideas for asset transfer., with the total funding split as £1 million capital funding and £0.5 million revenue funding.

Through the Community Empowerment Fund we particularly seek project ideas that:

  • Make good use of assets and have the support of local communities.
  • Are capable of being viable and sustainable community enterprises.
  • Complement existing services in an area by providing additional activity.

Advice and support for applicants will be available from the Chief Executive's Service, who can also signpost to specialist advice as required on different aspects of community asset transfer and development of community organisations.

Early discussions regarding development of projects encouraged

Fund guidelines and grant application form can be downloaded here - Applying for the Community Empowerment Fund.

Who to contact

Telephone:    0141 618 7408
Send your completed application to
By Post: Grant Applications, Community Empowerment Fund, Renfrewshire Council, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1JD