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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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Charity of the Year
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Don't forget you can save progress and return to your application at any point by using the Save progress button at the bottom of each page


The Charity of the Year award celebrates organisations that have had a particularly special year. For example, by delivering a new area of work, overcoming challenging circumstances or celebrating a big anniversary. 

This award recognises achievement in every area of your organisation.

You don’t have to be a national organisation to apply for this award, but you should demonstrate the impact of your work as widely as possible in the communities you support. We will have two award winners: one from a small organisation with under £500k turnover, and one from a larger organisation with over £500k turnover.

Judging criteria

Our judges want to understand the story of your organisation and will be looking for evidence of the difference that you have made. In your answers and supporting evidence you should try to include:

  • A clear outline of what your organisation does
  • The story of what made this year special
  • Facts and figures that highlight how you’ve achieved your success
  • Real-life examples of the impact of your work, which may include case studies and/or testimonials

Useful information and key dates

You can save your progress as you go through the application form to avoid losing your information. Once you reach page 3 there will be a 'Save progress' button at the end of each page.

If you would like to review all the questions and criteria for this category before you begin your application, please visit our 'Useful information' page.

Would you like some support to complete your awards application? Please get in touch if you need any help or have any questions about completing your application. We'll be happy to help.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 15 March 2024. The judging panel can’t consider applications received after the deadline so please leave yourself plenty of time to apply.

Application details
Please complete the following details
                          Previous applications and awards
                            What year/s and in what category?
                            You have not added any years of previous applications
                                    Your application
                                    Please answer the following two questions:
                                    Why was this year special for your organisation? Maximum 250 words for text responses OR 2 minutes for a video or audio file
                                          How do you know you made a difference? Maximum 250 words for text responses OR 2 minutes for a video or audio file
                                                  Supporting evidence web links
                                                    I confirm that this work:

                                                      As part of our commitment to anti-racist practice, SCVO is collecting data on applications from organisations that are led by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. This information will not be used in the shortlisting or judging process.

                                                      Please tell us if your organisation meets both these criteria:

                                                      1. 75% or more of the Board of Trustees/ Management Committee self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community AND
                                                      2. 50% of the senior staff self-identify as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community, where staff exist.

                                                          Please also include the name and address of one independent person that can verify your entry. This should be someone from outside your organisation who has worked with you or has been impacted by your organisation and work.

                                                                  And finally

                                                                  We just want to check that you are not a robot.

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