What is a Community Development Trust?
Development Trusts are organisations which are owned and managed by the local community. They aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of a community or address a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues.
Trusts are independent but aim to work in partnership with other private, public and third sector organisations. A key feature of Trusts is the desire to generate income through enterprise and the ownership of assets rather than rely on outside grants.
Development trusts can become involved in a very wide range of activities such as:
- Community owned energy projects
- Buyouts of community land (Even whole islands!)
- Generation of local employment
For some interesting case studies and to find out more about Development trusts head to the Development Trust Association Scotland’s (DTAS) website.
Case Study: Helmsdale Development Trust Housing Project
Dollar Community Development Trust
The Trust was officially formed in June 2017 as a means of taking forward the actions in the ‘Dollar Futures’ Community Action Plan (CAP).
We are a charitable company which is owned and managed by the local community in Dollar, Clackmannanshire. Our main role is to enable and support beneficial community projects. These could be in any area of interest to the community such as:
- Providing Cultural, Recreational and Sporting Facilities
- Preserving the historical and architectural heritage of Dollar
- Helping everyone in the community to access public services regardless of their age, gender or physical ability
- Promoting local businesses to keep Dollar thriving
- And many more…