Resources: COSS Publications

Managing Risk in Community Asset Transfer

This new publication aims to help facilitate more successful community asset transfers by providing information, guidance and informative case studies that address the more commonly encountered risks associated with asset transfer. It draws on the experience COSS has gained supporting communities over many years and provides practical steps for public bodies to work with groups to achieve the best possible results for the community. 

PDF icon Managing Risk in Asset Transfer 2020 (COSS).pdf

Module Three: Feasibility

This module aims to provide organisations with the knowledge and practical skills required to explore the feasibility of engaging in community asset transfer. It focuses on a number of areas, including the user demand and organisational asset transfer readiness.

The core learning outcomes of this module are:
  • To understand the process of asset assessment
  • To gain knowledge on the factors impacting upon sustainability
  • To understand the importance of proving demand and ensuring strategic fit
  • To gain knowledge of the steps necessary to scope an asset and identify legal issues
  • To gain knowledge of building internal capacity to match the needs of the project
  • To understand how to conduct a risk analysis for the project
  • To understand the key components of a feasibility study.
PDF icon 2 COSS Module 2 - Feasibility.pdf

Involving Your Community

A practical guide to the benefits and techniques for involving and consulting local communities in community asset based projects.

Last updated July 2020

PDF icon Involving Your Community 2020.pdf

Module One: Introduction to Community Asset Transfer

This module is the first in a series of six which have been produced by the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) to support the sustainable transfer of publicly-held assets into community ownership. COSS is delivered by the Development Trusts Association for Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

Engaging in community asset transfer involves three core elements:

  • Examining the feasibility of an asset transfer
  • Planning for the asset transfer
  • Managing and sustaining the asset when acquired
This series of modules covers each of these areas and provides advice and guidance on making an application for asset transfer helping to ensure it is robust.
PDF icon 1 COSS module 1 - Introduction to Asset Transfer.pdf

Asset Transfer Route Map

This new PDF has been developed by Community Ownership Support Service (COSS). It is used by COSS advisors to identify where you are in the process, as laid down in Part 5; Asset Transfer, in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. It helps to guide you through the steps along the way to achieving your goals.  Side one of the poster shows the four phases of the asset transfer process and signposts each phase of the journey.  Side two gives more detail and links to relevant information for each phase.

PDF icon Asset transfer route map web.pdf

Sustainable New Uses for Old Buildings

Introductory guide examining the opportunities and challenges involved with taking former civic buildings into community ownership.
PDF icon Sustainable New Uses For Old Buildings - print version

Profiting from Creativity

Exploring ways to bring creative industries in to the sustainabilty mix for community venues.
By Community Ownership Support Service, in association with Voluntary Arts Scotland.
PDF icon ProfitingfromCreativity.pdf

Community Ownership in Scotland - A Baseline Study

Through this study, Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) has sought to establish the current scale and nature of community ownership of assets across Scotland. The research was conducted by DTAS’ Community Ownership Support Service (COSS). 

PDF icon Community Ownership in Scotland - A Baseline Study

Beyond the Usual Suspects

Fundraising for the development and ongoing management of your community asset will be a key part of your early planning. If you haven’t done it before it can seem daunting. This guide aims to help you to establish a funding package; highlighting options to raise money beyond loan and grant funding. It has been updated in 2019 to reflect the recent changes to fundraising regulations.


PDF icon DTAS Beyond The Ususal Suspects_WEB.pdf