Community Assets and Services Grants - second funding round announced

The Social Investment Business has announced that it has available a second tranche of funding to provide grants to community organisations, charities and town and parish councils looking to take over local services or buildings.

A total of £10m of funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government has been made available to support its Community Rights Support Programme, aimed at helping communities take advantage of new rights created by the Localism Act 2011.

Applications are welcome now, and assessment of them will begin in April 2013 on a rolling basis. There are two main grants available.

Pre-feasibility grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are on offer to help organisations develop their own skills and capacity for taking on the management and ownership of local services. Feasibility grants of up to £100,000 are available to help organisations already capable of taking on such responsibility to develop a detailed feasibility and business case for their project and to support them through any procurement process.

The grants can be spent on services such as training, professional services and legal fees, as well as on costs associated with developing your organisation's governance or structure.

The Social Investment Business lists ACRE and its members, including RAY, as recommended service providers for supporting communities through the process involved in taking over local services and assets that might otherwise be lost. To find out more about what help we can provide, visit our Localism Act page or call us on 0845 313 0270.

Useful links

Social Investment Business Community Assets and Services Grants

Locality's My Community Rights resources

DCLG Community Rights page