The umbrella body Navca has set up an independent commission to consider the future of local infrastructure.
Navca, whose members are local infrastructure organisations, said that the Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure would examine existing voluntary and community infrastructure and the challenges facing it and come up with practical ways to secure support for local voluntary and community action in England.
The commission, which will be chaired by Sara Llewellin, chief executive of the grant-maker the Barrow Cadbury Trust, will meet for the first time next week.
Other members of the 17-strong group include Dharmendra Kanani, England director of the Big Lottery Fund, and Justin Davis Smith, executive director of volunteering at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
The commission will hold a series of evidence sessions around England and is expected to publish a report in the autumn.
Joe Irvin, chief executive of Navca, said that although his organisation had strong views on local infrastructure, the commission would be independent.
"Members are drawn from a wide range of organisations and bring vast experience and many different perspectives," he said. "I look forward to hearing creative and radical practical solutions that focus on the help and support that people and communities need."
Llewellin said she was looking forward to examining the changing development needs of the sector and encouraged people to contribute evidence and ideas."A strong civil society strengthens democracy, and we need to be aware of the new opportunities that will arise from this changing environment, at the same time as being aware of the threats," she said.