Partners and Funders


The Community Empowerment Act will help to empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings, and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them.  Details can be found using the link below.

Community Empowerment Team

Email: Community [dot] Empowerment [at] gov [dot] scot

The Scottish Government Land Team help Crofting and Community Right to Buy communities throughout Scotland, to register a community interest in land and if successful the opportunity to buy that land when it is offered for sale; giving communities and crofters control over the way land is managed.  Contact the team if you are interested in securing assets for purchase through Community Right to Buy.

Community Land Team

Tel: 0300 244 9822

Email: CRTB [at] gov [dot] scot    

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The Scottish Land Fund (SLF) supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and assets. If you are a community based organisation with an interest in acquiring an asset then you may be eligbile to apply to SLF for funds to develop your project ideas and buy your asset.  Contact Big Lottery Fund for more information.

Big Lottery Fund

Tel: 0300 123 7110

Email: advicescotland [at] biglotteryfund [dot] org [dot] uk

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Every year the Big Lottery distribute millions of pounds of the National Lottery's good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK.  Contact if you are interested in applying for any of the funds administered by Big Lottery in Scotland, including Scottish Land Fund (see above link)

Scotland Office

Tel: 0300 123 7110

Email: enquiries [dot] scotland [at] biglotteryfund [dot] org [dot] uk

Development Trust Association Scotland

Through the provision of information, resources and a variety of direct contact, DTA Scotland assists interested communities explore the benefits and relevance of the developement trust approach. They also provide useful resources, training and support to communities wishing to establish a developement trust.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member please contact the main office in the first instance.

DTA Scotland (Main Office)                               DTA Scotland (North)

Tel: 0131 220 2456                                            Tel: 07825250950

Email: info [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk                                Email: rory [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are the Scottish Government's economic and community developement agency for the north and west of Scotland. Their purpose is to generate sustainable economic growth across the Highlands and Islands.  If you are a community organisation in the HIE area, with an interest in developing a project around sustainability then contact the Strengthening Communities team by following the link below.  

HIE have developed a guide, Ten Steps to Community Ownership which you may find useful

HIE (Strengthening Communities)

Email: info [at] hient [dot] co [dot] uk

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Scottish Community Alliance help the community sector in Scotland to develop its own distinct identity and voice so that it can campaign effectively on a wide range of issues. It is an alliance of several thematic membership organisations supporting communities across Scotland.  They administer a fund that allows community organisations to visit and learn from a wide variety of different types of project across Scotland.  Communities can access this funding through the most appropriate membership affiliate, including COSS.  A list of these is avaiable on their website.

Angus Hardie, Director

Tel: 0131 260 9501

Email: angus [at] scottishcommunityalliance [dot] net

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Community Land Scotland (CLS) represent existing and aspiring community landowners to reflect thier views in promoting changes to legislation to empower communities, while acting as a point of contact for any communities in Scotland who wish to find out more about community land ownership.  If you are interested in acquiring privately owned land then CLS may be able to help you.

Community Land Scotland (Main Office)

Tel: 01859 502063 (David Cameron)

Email: info [at] communitylandscotland [dot] org [dot] uk

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The Improvement Service's purpose is to help councils and thier partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services. COSS works closely with the service to ensure we have continuing links with relevant public bodies and the development of service delivery across Scotland.

Improvement Service Office

Tel: 01506 282012

Email:info [at] improvementservice [dot] org [dot] uk

Social Farms & Gardens

The Social Farms & Gardens funds and supports two Land Advisor Posts within the Community Land Advisory Service.  COSS works closely with the land advisors to ensure groups are given all the relevant information required when considering lease or acquistion of land for growing and agriculture projects.

The GreenHouse (Main Office)

Tel: 0117 923 1800

Email: admin [at] farmgarden [dot] org [dot] uk