About DTAS

About DTA Scotland

DTA Scotland is an independent, member-led organisation which aims to promote, support and represent development trusts in Scotland. Established in 2003, DTA Scotland now has over 300 development trust members – community-led organisations using a combination of enterprise and creativity to improve the quality of life for local people in urban, rural and island communities across Scotland. In 2016, DTA Scotland converted to a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) - No.SC034231.

What is a development trust?

A development trust is a community-owned and led organisation, working to combine community-led action with an enterprising approach to address and tackle local needs and issues.The aim of a development trust is to create social, economic and environmental renewal in a defined geographical area, creating wealth within that area and keeping it there.

Across the country, in city, town, rural and island locations, development trusts are enabling communities to make their own plans and aspirations a reality.

What we do

Through the provision of information, advice and support, and the effective facilitation of our inspiring development trust network, DTA Scotland seeks to contribute to the building of independent, enterprising and resilient communities. This work includes an annual conference which regularly attracts over 200 delegates, a wide range of publications and resources, and a suite of training and support interventions. 

Other DTA Scotland Services

DTA Scotland is often at the forefront of new and creative approaches to community-led development. These include promoting and supporting community ownership / asset transfer and the use of community shares as an innovative form of social finance. 

The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) is funded by the Scottish Government to support community based groups in Scotland take a stake in or ownership of previously publicly owned land or buildings.


Community Shares Scotland is a national organisation that exists to raise awareness of the community shares model and support communities who wish to raise money this way.


Local Transport Solutions project

The Local Transport Solutions project is a Smarter Choices Smarter Places funded project looking at supporting pilots within the DTAS membership to deliver their transport initiatives. It will also develop wider learnings and resources to support the whole DTAS community for future transport project delivery. The local transport solutions officer is available for advice and support for the whole DTAS membership, so if you have any questions, please drop an email to naomi@dtascot.org.uk.

Vacant and Derelict Land Project

We are working with the Scottish Land Commission to assist communities in tackling vacant or derelict sites. The project is supporting six community anchor organisations to lead on transforming small harmful sites so they can be used productively to provide space for community-led initiatives, which can in turn create a range of societal benefits.

The six community anchor organisations being supported are Carluke Development Trust, Vale of Leven Trust, the Concrete Garden, South Seeds, New Cumnock Development Trust and Greener Kirkcaldy. Click on each to find out more.


Strategic Partners

DTA Scotland has a close working relationship with our sister organisations Locality in England, DTA Wales and Development Trusts NI – which together provide a combined membership of over 900 development trusts. DTA Scotland is a key member of the Scottish Community Alliance and works closely with other community networks.

Become a member of Scotland's fastest growing regeneration network

The Network

Participate, network, and exchange knowledge with our experts and other DTAS members


Questions on governance, finance, ownership?
Our dedicated DTAS team are here to help


Use our strong voice advocating on your behalf with the Scottish Government and other agencies

Saving You Money

From free legal advice to shared oil buying, our negotiated deals will reduce your expenditure

Sign up with your email address below to get a copy of our e-bulletin

Enter your message subject
3 + 2 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.