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Funding Scotland

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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1. Get ready

Constitution Many funders will require you to have a written constitution.,You can find guidance on writing a constitution that suits your legal structure in our Setting up a charity,section.If you already have a constitution, you need to review it regularly to make sure it meets your,Further support is available from Evaluation Support Scotland and Inspiring Impact.,Further Support

How to write your constitution

Changes to your constitution Your constitution should outline how you will make any changes to it.,For more information, see the OSCR guide: Wind up or dissolve the charity Support available to help you,write your constitution If you’re setting up an organisation to carry out activities in a local area,in Scotland you can get one to one help from your local Third Sector Interface (TSI) which supports,It is possible to set up a charity without legal or professional advice but if you are setting up a complex

Setting up a charity

Here’s an overview of what you need to think about when you’re setting up a charity, and what we’re going,to talk you through in this guide. 1 Before you start Benefits of becoming a charity About your charity,2 Decision making and governance Choosing the right structure How to write your constitution Model constitutions

Other sources of funding

by beneficiaries of the organisationproviding consultancy and trainingselling gifts to members and supporters,Some trading activities may mean a separate trading company should be set up.,You'll need financial support for your new enterprise.,You could also think of borrowing the money if your constitution allows it.,trusts and ethical banks) that now specialise in lending to the voluntary sector and have experience in supporting

About your charity

What will your charity do?,The way that charities operate and function is set out in a piece of law called the Charities and Trustee,This law sets out the charity test, which is the basis for how OSCR assess all applications to register,Describing your charitable purpose Your charitable purposes should explain WHAT your charity is going,How many people you benefit and who they are will depend on the charitable purposes set out in your constitution

Choosing the right structure for your organisation

When you've made a decision, you can read our guidance on writing a constitution and use our model constitutions,require you to be incorporated e.g. a SCIO or a company a charity is not a type of structure, you need to set,up an organisation and then apply to register it as a charity.,However, it does mean that if you choose to set up as a Company you will have to report to both OSCR,If you choose to set up as a SCIO than you can’t be anything other than a SCIO.

SCVO's strategy for 2023-28

Charity Award winners 2021 Strategy for 2023-28 Ambitious for SCVO,ambitious for the voluntary sector Setting,Whether your organisation is big or small, national or local, however it’s constituted, we’ve got your,All SCVO members sign up to our values statement: SCVO members believe in a thriving voluntary sector,This strategy sets out where and how we can make the most difference.,Your voice is so important to help us represent the voluntary sector. Get in touch

Holyrood 2021: what the voluntary sector wants

TFN's guide to charity election manifestos

Post-legislative scrutiny: Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014

Our position Contract income from the public sector constitutes a significant portion of the voluntary,Contracting authorities should write Invitations to Tender (ITTs) in clear, straightforward language,,Q6: What is your experience of tendering or bidding for framework contracts and lots within large contracts,, are these becoming more prevalent in Scotland, and what is your view on how accessible these opportunities,organisations must dedicate considerable effort and resources to understand and adapt to each specific set

Community Transport Vehicle Fund guidance notes

Applications from start-up organisations will not be eligible.,(This is any public funding that has been confirmed in writing since April 2011).,How your application will be processed All applications should be submitted to the contact details set,Supporting documentation such as the organisation’s governing instrument (e.g. constitution or memorandum,Where to send your application Completed applications should ideally be sent by email to