Resources: COSS Publications

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 COSS MODULE 1 Final.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 which encourages the inclusion and involvement of your community and develops a sense of local ownership.

Please be aware that since this guide was produced fundraising regulation has been subject to considerable change and fundraisers and boards/committees must keep themselves up to date with regulatory requirements in all areas of fundraising.  A big change is to require charities to assess and make judgements on the mental capacity and potential vulnerability of donors.  Please refer to the Fundraising Regulator website for more information.  

PDF icon Beyond the Usual Suspects: An introduction to a range of alternative approaches to raising finance and fundraising

Involving Your Community

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

PDF icon Involving Your Community (COSS)