You can use the Community Right to Bid to ‘pause’ the sale of buildings or land you care about such as your local pub, shop, library or football ground. It gives your community time to develop a bid to buy it.

It is important to nominate land and buildings to be part of a register of ‘assets of community value’. If something on this register is offered for sale, you then have up to six months to prepare a bid.

Read our guide to Understanding the Community Right to Bid, and contact us through the advice service to access support and to apply for pre-feasibility and feasibility grants.

What could the new Right to Bid be used for?

Your community could use the Community Right to Bid to help save your local library, pub or football ground as well as:

  • village shops
  • former schools
  • sports centres
  • parks

These might currently be owned by your local authority or another public body, but they could also be owned by a private company or an individual.

Support and advice

Get started and find inspiring stories in the case studies section of the website, access further support including the Locality Brokers, and find information on the grants programme made available through The Social Investment Business.

Still have questions? Please get in touch with our advice service.

And to find out more about raising finance for your enterprise contact the Community Shares Unit

The new Community Right to Bid will be available in England only.

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