Community asset ownership is a cornerstone of our work to enable resilient rural communities. Such assets provide a base from which to generate income, deliver local services, stimulate development, and grow in confidence and ambition. In addition to our bespoke support, we will enhance our suite of products and services to match the needs of communities from initial idea, through the asset purchase process, and on to long-term asset development.
A strong focus on community enterprise underpins our work to ensure ongoing delivery of social and economic impacts.
We will deliver the Scottish Land Fund, in partnership with the BIG Lottery Fund. Working with partners, we will explore how best to support communities to maximise opportunities arising from new Community Empowerment legislation, and we will lead on the development of innovative funding arrangements to increase private investment in community asset ownership.
Our region is recognised as a leader in community energy ownership and innovation. We will build on the strong platform of investment made in recent years to ensure we maximise the number of communities who can benefit from community-owned renewable energy projects and support them to participate in commercial renewable energy developments in their area. An important aspect will be our partnership with Scottish Goverment in the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).
Building on the success of the Local Energy Economy Programme (LEEP), we will continue to play an active role in the delivery of the Local Energy Challenge Fund, with a focus on innovative approaches to overcome local level grid constraints to facilitate local use of energy. We will work with our partners to deliver the Low Carbon Infastructure Transition Programme to support communities developing innovative energy projects, bringing capacity and expertise to enable them to achieve their energy generation ambitions.