Community Assets

HIE funding for Community Asset Ownership Projects

All funding from HIE is discretionary and must be aligned with the strategic objectives of the Scottish Government Economic Strategy and HIE's Operating Plan. There are a number of basic criteria that we look for in the groups and projects we support, and intervention levels will vary depending on the needs of the project. 

To find out more about how we have helped other groups please take a look at the case studies under 'Related Documents' on the left hand side of the page.

Start-up assistance

Start-up assistance is designed to help community groups with early investigation of a proposed purchase. Eligible costs include professional fees such as valuation, study visits to other related projects and initial community consultation.

Technical assistance

Technical assistance is available to groups in the pre-acquisition stage and to help with bid preparation, this can include:

  • Legal services: constitutions, charitable status, advice on contracts, title deeds, property law insurance and protection against liabilities.
  • Land services: valuation advice, audit, assessment and options appraisals of land assets and land industry businesses.
  • Planning and management assistance: feasibility analysis of land, assets and businesses; business planning; organisation and project management.

Community engagement

Support can be considered to encourage community participation such as through networking and information exchange and visits, skills training and employment of part-time community agents.

Land and asset acquisition

Community land grants are designed to assist communities to purchase areas of land or other fixed assets, usually adjacent to, within or containing their settlement. This can range from a whole estate to a single building, and may include development plots or other assets. Applicants have to comply with the basic criteria and the land to be purchased will require an independent valuation.

Capacity building, training and development

HIE can offer financial assistance with capacity building relevant to eligible groups' ongoing development plans via our capacity building programme Maximising Community Assets.

Post-acquisition development projects

Applications for capital costs or revenue funding for project-management costs can be made to the relevant HIE Area Office, which may consider bringing the project into our account management process.  Such assistance would draw on the normal range of HIE programmes including business and community support and skills development. This might include, for example, further detailed feasibility work, investment in infrastructure, training, marketing and implementation of projects on the land acquired.  Please discuss your idea with us and we will signpost you to the relevant Area Office.


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