Fife Development Trusts Support Project

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What is a development trust?

Development trusts are community enterprises, part of the social enterprise movement.  
As organisations that are owned and managed by a community, development trusts aim to improve the quality of life for people living in the areas they operate in. They do this by setting up and managing a mixture of projects – economic, social, environmental and cultural – that meet local needs and will make a meaningful and long-lasting difference to their community.

Development trusts come in all shapes and sizes and run in all types of communities – from small villages to inner city areas. 

Development trusts operate in rural, semi-rural and urban areas. They play an important role in regeneration programmes.

They create community wealth. They make money through some of their projects and activities. - by selling goods or services or by obtaining community assets (property, land or equipment) and using these to generate income. The profits made are used to help meet the costs of other projects and activities. Development trusts aim move from grant-dependency to financial self-sufficiency.

Lastly, development trusts are independent organisations, but committed to partnership working.  They work closely with a wide range of community, public, private and voluntary organisations to achieve their goals.

Affiliated Organisations

  • Fife Council
  • Development Trust Association Scotland
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