Community asset transfer
Community Asset Transfer (CAT) is an important part of the Community Empowerment Act.
We are committed to working with eligible organisations and recognise that the ownership or control of land and buildings is a powerful tool for communities to drive change and achieve their own goals. Community groups can apply to us for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of.
Anyone interested in Community Asset Transfer can contact us at email@example.com.
The following YouTube film explains the Community Asset Transfer process, the transcript of this film is also available to download.
Community Asset Transfer involves the transfer of responsibility for an asset from South Lanarkshire Council to any suitable community, voluntary, or social enterprise group (called community controlled body within the legislation) to have greater control over the use of assets owned by South Lanarkshire Council and some other public bodies.
CAT can take several forms:
- transfer of outright ownership
- transfer of management responsibility
- short or long term leases
It provides an opportunity for local people to be directly involved in improving the neighbourhoods in which they live. By accessing assets and tailoring services to the needs and aspirations of the local neighbourhood the whole community can benefit. Local ownership can often bring to life or better use assets that are currently under authority ownership.
We want to work together with communities to achieve their goals and aspirations, and community-led ownership or control of land and buildings can help this happen through the following benefits:
- A base for activities and services that may not be accessible to certain members of the community
- Improve a wide range of social issues including better wellbeing, mental health, economic development, area regeneration, and environmental wellbeing
- Develop a social economy and bring income and regeneration to the local area
- Unlock access to funding and grants otherwise not available to the local authority
- Strengthen community cohesion and encourage people to be greater involved in improving their area.
To be eligible to apply for an asset transfer your organisation must be a Community Transfer Body (CTB) which can be one of the following:
- community controlled body
- a body designated as a Community Transfer Body by order of the Scottish Ministers
- Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) (Tier one for lease, Tier two for purchase)
- Community Based Benefit Society
- company limited by guarantee
If you want to buy the property rather than lease it then the following condition applies:
- must be a community-controlled body with a minimum membership of twenty people which is either incorporated, an SCIO, or Bencom with a governing document that includes an asset lock.
As a general rule if your organisation has closed membership and is not open to any person within your community or community of interest then you will not be eligible.
Organisations that are run for the profit or gain of individual(s) are also generally ineligible.
If you are interested in applying for a Community Asset Transfer, you can express your interest by completing our online form and a member of the team will be in touch.
- Community asset transfer
- Community asset transfer process
- Organisations offering support
- Application process and forms
- Criteria for scoring matrix
- Guidance for community football clubs
- Notice of asset transfer request - Badminton Academy Social Enterprise
- Previous applications
- Current applications
- Annual report 2021 - 2022
- Review and appeal
- Asset register