What is the Hometown Foundation?

The Hometown Foundation is a Scottish registered charity, number SC040228, which has been formed to enable community development based on co-operative principles.  The Foundation’s key aim is to enable local communities to become stronger by having much greater control over the things which are most important to them.
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How will it do this?

The Foundation will help with the transfer ownership and power from the state to local communities who are in turn focussed on providing the best possible outcomes in their own areas.
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Who is behind the Foundation?

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees who are the directors of the charity.  All decisions regarding the actions of the Foundation are decided by the Board.
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How are the trustees appointed?

The trustees are public spirited individuals who have volunteered and have been approved by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator – O SCR.
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How is the Foundation funded?

The Foundation receives cash from members of the public who wish to make a contribution to a better way of life. It is a not-for-profit organisation.
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What projects have the Foundation sponsored to date?

The Hometown Foundation’s first project is Owenstown, a new town in South Lanarkshire, providing eight thousand new homes alongside eight thousand new jobs.  The town will be wholly owned and controlled by its residents via the Owenstown Co-operative Society.
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Is this the only project the Hometown Foundation is involved in?

Owenstown is the first project to be sponsored by the Foundation, however similar projects are presently under consideration in a number of urban areas.
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Would my local community be eligible for this type of initiative?

The Foundation will be happy to hear from people anywhere in the UK who are prepared to work alongside their neighbours for the good of the wider community. Owenstown is but one illustration of how people are best placed to look after and create benefit within their local communities.
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