Communities and partnerships

Meet our team

The Communities and Partnerships Team works with and supports communities in the Borders on:

  • funding
  • community benefits
  • local community planning

We also look at the best ways for ourselves, our partners and communities in the Borders to engage and work together. Our Team is an initial point of contact for queries relating to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.


We work with groups to access grants and funding. Our funding officer works with external organisations to support investment for communities in the Scottish Borders. We also administer a community grants scheme. This funding can offer grants to constituted voluntary/community groups to support delivery of community projects in the Borders area. It can also provide one-off support grants to groups who are facing temporary financial difficulties.

Community Empowerment Act

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 helps to empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings, and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them. Our team is a first point of contact for queries under the new Act, and we have created resources to assist communities with the introduction of the Act.

Community Engagement

We provide assistance for our services, for queries relating to engaging and consulting with communities. 

Community Benefits

Community benefits aim to support Best Value and Sustainable Procurement through the delivery of social, economic and environmental benefits contributing to community well-being. Our Adding Value to Communities through Procurement Policy aims to maximises social, economic and environmental benefit to local communities through our procurement activity.

Locality Planning

Under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, the Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership are required to produce a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (known as a LOIP) and locality plans for each of the 5 areas within the Scottish Borders.