pound-symbolThe COMA programme offers partnership areas the following grants & support:

  • Direct Support
  • Pre-Feasibility Grants.


Amount of funding available: £1.5m is available for up to 50 partnerships.
Closing date: We are operating a rolling application window that will be closed to new applications once the 50 places have been filled.

There are still places on the programme, and to find out more about some of the projects which the programme supports please refer to the My Community blog

Partnership areas accepted into the COMA programme will benefit from the following direct support:

  • Up to 10 days of dedicated relationship management support from an experienced broker from our partnership to help areas to develop joint strategies and action plans, with clear milestones and deliverables
  • Up to 6 additional days of specialist/technical assistance to undertake business planning for ambitious asset transfer projects.

Who can apply for direct support?

Individual community groups (or consortia) parish councils or local public bodies can be lead applicants for a partnership area application.

Partnerships wishing to apply for and access the direct support element of COMA must:

  • Include more than one named organisation in their partnership area application
  • Be based in England
  • Demonstrate (or are on the road to demonstrating) a commitment to partnership working between the local community and local public bodies with the aim of greater community ownership and/or management of assets
  • Demonstrate value for money including, where appropriate, through match funding from other sources including in-kind resources
  • Nominate at least 1 representative to act as a ‘Champion’ in the locality supported, who will actively promote community ownership and management of assets and this partnership way of working. (Note: Champions will not receive payment but will be eligible for expenses).

[Via My Community Website]

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