The Community assets and services grants programme made available by DCLG through The Social Investment Business is available to organisations wanting to use the new Right to Bid.

Find out about grants for asset transfer and the running of a local service.

Right to Bid:

Capital grants

From 2 July to 30 August 2013 you can apply for a capital grant to take the next step in acquiring a local asset.

Organisations with innovative and ambitious plans for owning a community asset can apply for a capital grant to help with its purchase. Applications will need to meet at least one of the following themes:

  • Community Assets – Under the Hammer: to facilitate competitive bidding for land and buildings to make use of the Right to Bid.
  • Equity matching Scheme: Capital grants to match-fund monies solicited direct from communities via community share issues where initiatives involve the acquisition, development or refurbishment of land or buildings
  • Exercise Your Rights: to facilitate the use of two (or more) of the various legal mechanisms in tandem.
  • How Green is Your Asset: Green refurbishment grants to improve the viability of land or buildings acquired by communities through Asset Transfer and/or the Right to Bid

There is £4.75m available in 2013/14. The minimum grant you can apply for is £100,000 and the maximum is £500,000. All grants offered will need to be spent within this financial year.

For further information please see the Social Investment Business website. You can also find out more via our advice line.

Pre-feasibility grants

Pre-feasibility grants are for amounts up to £10,000 and are for organisations to build their internal capacity to prepare to take receipt of an asset transfer or, else, a bid to buy land and buildings of community value.

Guidance to assist groups applying for pre-feasibility grants.

Feasibility grants

Feasibility grants will be made available to organisations that demonstrate they have the potential to meet local needs through the acquisition and management of land and buildings. These grants are for amounts of up to £100,000 and can be used by organisations to develop investment proposals and carry out feasibility studies equipping them to take ownership of assets through discounted transfer or, else, bid to buy land and buildings of community value.

Guidance to assist groups applying for feasibility grants.

For more information on the criteria in applying for a grant please visit The Social Investment Business’s website, you will be required to discuss your proposal with our advice service before applying.

Other grants available

The Homes & Communities Agency’s (HCA)  Community Led Project Support Fund of £14 million for community led projects. The funding is for community groups wanting to build new facilities or improve their existing premises. In London, the funding is administered by the GLA.

Reaching Communities supports projects that improve or replace existing buildings where a wide range of community activities take place. Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities who are most in need. To support this aim Reaching Communities buildings will only support buildings or sites based in the most deprived ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ inEngland.

Communitybuilders has £2.5 million in some of the best, most promising examples of sustainable, community regeneration projects inEngland.

Awards for All offers small grants and aims to improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

Funding Central is a useful online guide to over 4,000 grants, contracts and loans.

The National Community Land Trust Network has just launched a new grants programme for peer to peer learning.

NALC, CALC and DCLG are launching the new council’s programme, aiming to encourage the creation of more parish councils in England, to sustain the work of more new parish councils in England, and to ensure that as the process to create parish councils is made easier, more sustainable campaigns to create parish councils in England are created.


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