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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Application forms

Here you'll find details about our nine awards categories, key dates including the application submission deadline, and a handy video with top tips from our judging panel.

We welcome applications from all types of voluntary organisations, including registered charities, social enterprises and campaigning groups working in Scotland or whose work directly impacts and benefits people living in Scotland.

We are keen to hear from organisations and individuals that reflect the diversity of the voluntary sector in its broadest sense: diversity of approach, based on differing life experience, culture, ethnicity, disability, professional or sector background, age or other factors.

Organisations can only enter one category, so keep this in mind when deciding which category you’d like to enter!

All shortlisted finalists will be entered into the running for the People’s Choice Award, giving members of the public a chance to vote for their favourite finalist to win.

The deadline to submit applications is 12 noon on 17 March 2023.

If you have any questions or need help with your application, please check out our FAQs or contact our team! You don't have to be a member of SCVO to apply for an award . If you're not yet a member of our community, learn more about joining here.


Charity of the Year 

For an organisation that has had an exceptional year.

Application form

Employee of the Year 

For an employee whose dedication has reaped rewards for their organisation. 

Application form

Community Action 

For an outstanding grassroots or community initiative.

Application form

Campaign of the Year 

For a strong awareness or fundraising campaign.

Application form

Trustee of the Year 

For a board member who really excels.

Application form

Pioneering Project 

For an innovative project that has made a huge difference.

Application form

Volunteer of the Year 

For someone who has demonstrated great dedication to a cause.

Application form

Digital Citizen 

For a ground-breaking digital organisation or project.

Application form

Climate Conscious 

For organisations that are making a positive contribution to the climate change agenda.

Application form

People’s Choice Award 

No application required – this category is made up of all finalist entries and voted for by SCVO members, the wider voluntary sector and members of the public. 

Top tips

You can save your progress as you go through the application form to avoid losing your information. Once you reach page 2 there will be a Save progress button at the end of each page.

Our judging panel’s top tips:

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