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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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Frequently asked questions

On this page you'll find answers to some questions that we're often asked about the Scottish Charity Awards and how to apply. We hope you'll find the answer you're looking for here but if you need more information, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help

How do I apply for the Scottish Charity Awards?

You'll find all the information about how to apply here. If you need support with your application please contact us.

Who can apply for a Scottish Charity Award?

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.

You don't have to be a member of SCVO to apply - we welcome applications from across the Scottish voluntary sector - but if you're not yet a member of SCVO and would like to learn more about our membership community, take a look at our membership pages for more information.

Can we apply for more than one category? 

Organisations can only apply in one category so please take a look at each of the categories to decide which would be most suitable.

Can I see the questions before I apply?

Yes! We understand it can be helpful to see all the questions before you start your application to help you decide which category is right for you and to draft your answers.

You can read all the application questions for each of the awards categories in this document:

Remember that you have to return to our Scottish Charity Awards web pages to complete your application form online.

We’re not sure what category to apply under? 

When you're trying to decide which category is most suitable, we suggest you read the criteria in the application form to help you decide if it's the right category for you.

For example, Volunteer of the Year recognises a volunteer, supporter or patron who is not paid by the organisation. Trustee of the Year recognises a trustee or board member and Employee of the Year recognises a paid employee. 

Who can provide my reference/verify my application? 

We ask you to provide details of a reference - this is someone who can verify your application. Your reference or independent verifier should be someone from outside your organisation who has worked with you or has been impacted by your organisation and work.

What if our entry/timeframe isn’t complete or began before the entry date stated on the form? 

The focus of the entry should be on activities carried out within the entry period, 1 Jan 2022 to 31 March 2023. However, the judging panel will take into consideration work leading up to this period .

We have additional evidence to support our application, can we send this to back up our entry? 

You can submit up to two pieces of supporting evidence to demonstrate the impact of your organisation. Examples of supporting evidence include artwork, photos, videos or testimonials. Supporting evidence is additional information that may not be fully considered by the judges. 

What is the closing date for applications? 

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 17 March 2023. The judging panel can’t consider applications received after the deadline so please leave yourself plenty of time to apply. 

Can I save my application and return to it later?

Yes! You can save your progress and return to your application at any point by using the "Save Progress" button at the bottom of each page on the application form.

When will the Awards take place? 

The Scottish Charity Awards will be held on 23 June 2023 in Edinburgh. 

How can I book to attend? 

We'll share more details about how to book a place at the Scottish Charity Awards in the spring. If you would like more information or to be contacted once bookings open, please contact us

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