There are places in your local community that are important to local people – but they may be facing closure or even sale due to a lack of upkeep or not being used to their full potential.

Community Asset Transfer and the Community Ownership & Management of Assets programme puts the ownership and/or management of these assets back into the community’s hands.

Community Asset Transfer

Community Asset Transfer involves the transfer of ownership and/or management of land or buildings from a statutory body (such as a local council) to a community based organisation or group (such as a charity or community interest company) at less than market value for local social, economic or environmental benefit.

A number of public bodies, in particular local authorities, have the power to dispose of land and buildings at less than market value where they are able to show that doing so will result in local improvements to social, economic or environmental wellbeing. The legislation that allows local authorities to do this is the General Disposal Consent (England) 2003.

Kits

Community Asset Transfer Kit

Where do I start?

Communities interested in asset transfer are advised to contact their local authority’s property department to discuss where to start. In most cases the process involves submitting a headline expression of interest, and subject to an invitation from the local authority, developing a business case to show that the community is capable of maintaining and operating the land or building into the future.

>> Read more about the Community Asset Transfer options

Community Ownership & Management of Assets programme

The Community Ownership and Management of Assets programme supports partnerships between local public bodies (such as local authorities) and community groups (including parish councils) to develop multiple asset transfer or single, ground breaking asset projects.

Applications for Direct Support and Pre-feasibility grants are now closed for 2015/16.

What does the Community Ownership & Management of Assets programme offer?

Find out what the Community Ownership and Management of Assets programme offered, including details on the partnerships over on Grants & Support.

Applications for the 2015/16 programme are now closed.

>> Read more about the Community Ownership & Management of Assets Grants

Kit

Community Ownership and Management of Assets Grants & Support Kit