• Lough Neagh Development Trust

    Lough Neagh Development Trust

    THE FUTURE OF LOUGH NEAGH: Its potential – our shared responsibility?

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  • Community

    Welcome to Development Trusts NI

    We are the leading network of community enterprise practitioners dedicated to helping people set up development trusts and helping existing development trusts learn from each other and work effectively.

  • DTNI Asset Transfer Pilot projects

    See information about our pilot asset transfer projects across the country

  • Members

    Our strength is our membership

    Development trusts are:

    • community owned and led
    • cultivating enterprise
    • developing community assets
    • transforming communities for good

  • Activities

    What we do

    • Encourage the growth of new development trusts
    • Support and strengthen established development trusts
    • Promote and represent the interests of development trusts

  • Asset transfer

    Asset transfer

    Community Assets are land and buildings owned or managed by community organisations. DTNI, as part of a UK network of development trust organisations in Scotland and Wales, and Locality in England, can access practitioner led examples of the most successful community-led asset transfer to date.

  • Publications


    View and download current DTNI publications

  • Consultancy

    Our consultancy service

    A new kind of consultancy drawing on DTNI's very special asset: the wealth of grassroots expertise and knowledge of community-led regeneration, asset development and community enterprise within its members, staff and wider contacts.


DTNI Routemap


The new Community Asset Transfer Routemap lays out the CAT process and encompasses the current formal process in relation to the disposal of surplus public sector assets alongside the potential role of DTNI as the centre of expertise for the third sector on this process. From 2017 a new process will be in place where all surplus central government assets will be placed into one central repository within an Asset Management Unit at the Strategic Investment Board for disposal. How the CAT policy and DTNI will relate to this Unit is as yet undecided but it is hoped that assets of community interest will be able to be identified and marketed to the most appropriate geographic communities for interest.

Download a pdf from the website or contact us for hard copies.


Investment Readiness Enterprise Assessment Diagnostic (IREAD)

DTNI’s (IREAD) analytical resource assesses an organisation's capacity to engage in social enterprise development and will provide a skills baseline for the organisation from which to build if the organisation seeks to draw investment to its work. The IREAD tool assesses against the key pillars of Governance, Finance & Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Social Impact, Business Planning and Asset Management and Development. The tool, once completed,  produces an composite report cross referencing all of the information inputted to give the organisation an outline of their organisational skills competencies and areas that might require further development support.

The diagnostic tool is based on similar models developed in England by DTNI’s sister organisation Locality and the Big Lottery which were designed to provide a profile for specific funding programmes which sought to move organisations from grant dependency to more sustainable business models where there were elements of trading income. The tool aims to support organisations to think about their own sustainable development and has a particular pillar around assets, asset management, development and acquisition. DTNI members have access to the tool in order to profile their organisations. External organisations can buy use of the tool and it can be administered by an experienced DTNI staff member as necessary. Website address is www.iread.org.uk

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