Community use and asset transfer programme
Community Asset Transfer (CAT) allows a community organisation to take over publicly-owned land or buildings in a way that recognises the public benefits that the transfer will bring to our local communities.
Our third-party sector plays a crucial role in providing services for the city’s most vulnerable, mobilising community action, enriching the places we live and give a voice to those who need it most – and community transfers can support the sustainability and capacity of the sector to deliver this work.
We will soon be releasing a number of assets so that eligible third sector organisations can apply for ownership, management or short-term leases.
Each organisation wishing to apply for CAT must meet the following criteria:
- Be a voluntary or community organisation, social enterprise or other not-for-profit group.
- Deliver services that generate social, economic or environmental benefits to local communities in Liverpool.
- Have robust systems, governance and policies and meet the basic requirements set out in the CAT guidance and business plan template (see below).
- Have the capacity to manage the asset and have directors or committee members who have the necessary experience and skills.
- Contribute towards the Council Plan and its aim to create ‘thriving empowered and compassionate communities for all’ across the city.
Submit an expression of interest (EOI)
Before you start, please have the following documents or scanned files to hand. You will be prompted to upload them with your application:
- Organisation mission statement and objectives
- Written constitution or memorandum and articles of association
- Annual report (most recent copy)
- Turnover information for the last two years
We also recommend you read the following before you submit your expression of interest.
CAT policy and guidance
Download this document: CAT policy and guidance (PDF: 253 KB)
This provides full details and guidance of the community asset transfer programme which applicants should read in full before submitting an expression of interest.
EOI scoring criteria
Download this document: EOI scoring criteria (DOCX: 81 KB)
This is the criteria we will use to evaluate and score your expression of interest.
Glossary of terms
Download this document: Glossary of terms (PDF: 176 KB)
This provides detailed explanations of terms used within the community asset transfer process and their meaning.
If you are confident you meet the eligibility criteria, you can submit an EOI online below:
Applications closed: We are not accepting applications until further notice whilst the CAT policy is under review. The online form will be reinstated after the review.
What happens next?
We aim to review expressions of interest within 4 to 6 weeks of receipt to decide if we can take it forward to the next stage.
If the EOI is rejected
If rejected, we will provide feedback in writing and invite you to resubmit your expression of interest. You will only have the opportunity to resubmit your application once.
If the EOI is successful
If successful and we endorse your expression of interest, we will invite you to submit a full business plan and discuss our expectations with you.
We have produced a business plan example template, which details all the information we need and you can use this to form your plan.
Business Plan template
Download this document: Business Plan template (DOCX: 81 KB)
You should use this template to produce your business plan if your expression is interest is successful. Complete all sections fully, and include any supporting documentation it asks for.
Business plan scoring criteria
Download this document: Business plan scoring criteria (DOCX: 84 KB)
This sets out how we will evaluate and score your business plan and any supporting evidence you provide.
Along with the business plan, you will also need to submit the following documents when we ask for them:
- Audited accounts for the last 3 years, pre-covid and post-covid (March 2019 to March 2022)
- Budget for your organisation for the current financial year
- Company Business Plan
- Confirmation of receipt of any furlough payments for employees during the covid pandemic.
- List of current trustees and members of your management committee
- Governance document
- Equality and inclusion policy
- Environmental and climate change commitment policy
- Any relevant safeguarding policies.
If your full business plan is successful, you will enter into negotiations with us in respect of acquiring a lease (terms to be discussed) in exchange for robust social value activities and outputs for the local area outlined in your business plan, and how the transfer will result in clear community benefits and social impact.
If you require further information on the CAT programme, email CAT@liverpool.gov.uk