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The Community Empowerment Act 

An Act to make provision about national outcomes; to confer functions on certain persons in relation to services provided by, and assets of, certain public bodies; to amend Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003; to enable certain bodies to buy abandoned or neglected land; to make provision for registers of common good property and about disposal and use of such property; to restate and amend the law on allotments; to enable local authorities to reduce or remit non-domestic rates; and for connected purposes.

Read the Scottish Government's summary of the Community Empowerment Act here

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Community Right to Buy 

Community right to buy allows communities in Scotland to apply to register an interest in land and the opportunity to buy that land when it comes up for sale. Read more on the Scottish Government website here

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ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland)

ALISS is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) to help people find and share information about services and community assets that support health and wellbeing. ALISS enables citizens and communities to work collaboratively with organisations and professionals, to gather, add, manage and share information about the assets that exist in their own local areas in order to help others find support more easily. To search for support in your community or to get involved, visit

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Big Lottery Fund - Village SOS
Village SOS is all about helping communities to survive and thrive. That might be by keeping services such as shops or playgroups alive for your village or by starting up a new enterprise that could create income to benefit your local area. View the Village SOS information sheet (PDF).

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BT Scotland
BT have a vision for a Connected Society: to help improve society globally through the power of digital connections. As well as providing access to communities throughout Scotland, BT want to help people gain the skills and confidence they need to get online. 

Community Ownership Support Service
The Community Ownership Support Service supports communities and public agencies across Scotland, in rural and urban areas, in the sustainable transfer of assets into community ownership.


Development Trusts Association Scotland
Through the provision of information, resources and a variety of direct contact, DTA Scotland assists interested communities explore the benefits and relevance of the development trust approach.

Historic Environment Scotland
Historic Scotland is an Agency within the Scottish Government and is directly responsible to Scottish Ministers for safeguarding the nation's historic environment, and promoting its understanding and enjoyment.


Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage wants to support projects that increase the public benefits delivered through Scotland’s nature and landscapes and improve the health of these natural assets.


Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage Lottery Fund uses money raised by the National Lottery players, to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.


Firstport supports individuals with great business ideas that benefit people, communities and the environment. Through business support, resources, training and funding, Firstport can help you start something good.


Inspiring Scotland
Inspiring Scotland is an innovative outcome focused venture philanthropy organisation designed and developed in response to the needs of Scotland’s charities.



PAS is an independent and impartial educational charity operating on social enterprise principles and acting in the interest of the long term public good. The organisation is volunteer-led and delivers its services through a network of over 430 specialist volunteers across Scotland.

PAS provides a free planning advice and mentoring service, alongside training and public participation events for members of the public, planning professionals, local authorities, elected members, and community groups.


Resilient Scotland
Resilient Scotland enables community organisations to contribute to the sustainable regeneration of areas affected by long term economic decline, improving the lives of local people.


Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Championing Scotland’s Vibrant Charities, voluntary organisations, and social enterprises.


Visit Scotland

Scotland's national tourism agency. Businesses are able to have a free web listing on the Visit Scotland website. Click here to take advantage of a free listing on 


Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Government’s delivery partner for the National Litter Strategy, is encouraging the adoption of Litter Prevention Action Plans (LPAP) and Community LPAPs. These plans will help businesses and communities in Scotland to reduce costs and create a safer, cleaner environment for all and deliver long-term behaviour change to prevent litter and flytipping from arising.

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