Join Us

Become part of our inspiring and thriving network by joining as a Full, Provisional or Supporter/Associate member. If you are not quite ready then you can join as an aspiring member and we can give you support.

Membership of DTAS also means that our grass roots experience is used to inform and shape the policies of national government, key funders and other important decision makers.

Joining is simple:

  • For Full or Provisional membership, check your organisation against the Membership Eligibility Criteria, and have your governing documents and most recent Annual Accounts or financial statement ready for uploading in the application form.
  • On receipt of a Full or Provisional application, DTAS will send a confirmation e-mail and contact you to arrange a membership assessment meeting. This may be face to face, or online. (Membership assessment is not required for Associate/Supporter applicants.)
  • Confirmation of membership will be confirmed in writing, enclosing a membership certificate, welcome pack and invoice, if applicable.
We’ve found membership of DTA Scotland incredibly useful, in particular the opportunity to network with and learn from other communities across Scotland.

- Margaret Roberts, Northmavine Community Development Company


Aspiring Organisations

Annual Fee - Free

Open to early stage groups that are aspiring to set up a development trust.

Early Stage Engagement Advisor provides:

  • Initial Intro Meeting
  • How to set-up a development trust toolkit
  • Advice on how to progress and reach membership criteria


  • Community Action Plan
  • Own Bank Account
  • Governance – Community Controlled Body
  • Planned delivery of activities/projects

Provisional Members

Annual Fee - £50

Open to constituted community development organisations working towards meeting all DTAS membership criteria.

Development Officer support including:

  • 1:1 advice & guidance
  • Access to toolkits i.e. Management accounts, good community engagement
  • Directors Training


  • Member benefits (limited) i.e. HR, financial planning
  • Green shoots funding (limited)
  • Access to webinars (limited)
  • Regional network meetings
  • Access to online support groups/sessions
  • Discounted conference

Full Members

Annual Fee - £90

Open to community-led, enterprising and place based organisations that meet assessment criteria and development trust approach.

Development Officer support including:

  • 1:1 advice & guidance
  • Tailored development support
  • Governance Training
  • Strategic Review sessions (SORT-IT)
  • Business Planning and Financial advice
  • Involvement in focus groups to influence policy & legislation
  • Access to further toolkits i.e. cultivating enterprise, building your future, trading subs


  • Green shoots funding
  • Regional network meetings
  • Discounted conference
  • Regular webinars
  • All member benefits i.e. HR, legal, finance VAT, DTAS energy, facilities mgt, IT development, insurance scheme, lifeboat)
  • Development Trust Standard mark (coming soon)

Supporters & Associate Members

Annual Fee – contact

Open to individuals & organisations that support and/or provide help to further the aims of our members.

We welcome individuals and organisations to become part of our associate and supporters membership. You will need to demonstrate that you are:

  • Aligned to DTAS aims and objectives and
  • Want to work in partnership with the wider membership and/or DTAS.

You will receive:

  • Discounted delegate rates at the DTAS annual conference
  • Discounts on DTAS publications
  • Member-only mailings (additional to bi-monthly e-newsletter)

Or Join our Mailing List

Annual Fee - Free

Receive our newsletter and keep up to date with developments of DTAS and our members.


Our Partner DTA Scotland Services

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.