To make an initial assessment of feasibility and viability of a project it may be necessary to investigate the site/buildings, work up proposals, approach funders, pay architects and other professionals and fund the community involvement process before any capital finance to implement the project can be secured.

It is often difficult to find the revenue finance required to undertake this work, particularly up to the level of detail that will be required to demonstrate viability and sustainability of the project convincingly.

However there are some funds available (thought some are specific to asset use types eg housing) and experience from practice on the ground is that persistence pays off and the solution is often a combination of grants from project stakeholders, voluntary activity and pro bono (provided at no charge) work by professionals.

For further information on Feasibility, follow this link to the Developing Assets section.