What is Community Asset Transfer?

Local authorities are empowered to transfer the ownership of land and buildings to communities for less than their market value. This is known as ‘discounted asset transfer’ or ‘asset transfer’. This shift in ownership of land and buildings from public bodies to communities is Localism in action, giving greater powers to:

  • community and voluntary sector organisations
  • community and social enterprises
  • individuals looking to form a not-for-private-profit group to benefit their neighbourhood.

Community asset transfer can help deliver a variety of benefits but, in short, it is a key way in which local authorities can support the development of a strong and vibrant civil society through improvements to an organisation’s sustainability. Read our guide to Understanding Community Asset Transfer to get started and contact us through the advice service.

History of community ownership

The community ownership and management of assets has a history going back hundreds of years, with land and buildings promising security, wealth creation and independence. A detailed history can be downloaded from Locality’s website. However, it is only in recent years that the momentum behind community asset transfer has gathered pace.

Support and advice

Find inspiring stories in the case studies section of the website.

The grants programme made available by Department for Communities & Local Government through The Social Investment Business has now closed and the pre-feasibility, feasibility and capital grants are no longer available.  

Still have questions? We can give advice to support you on the journey from identifying an asset, building a business case to getting help from property professionals. To find out more about raising finance for your enterprise, contact the Community Shares Unit.

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