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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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How to write your constitution

Purpose of your organisation Your constitution should outline the purpose of your organisation, what,Your charitable purpose must also meet one of the 16 categories listed in legislation.,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,It is possible to set up a charity without legal or professional advice but if you are setting up a complex

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,a charity is not a type of structure, you need to set up an organisation and then apply to register,Incorporated or unincorporated organisations Choosing whether your organisation is incorporated or unincorporated,Being incorporated means your organisation is a recognised legal entity which is separate from the people,If you choose to set up as a SCIO than you can’t be anything other than a SCIO.

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,,for their charitable purposes.,SCVO’s engagement with voluntary organisations supports the finding of the Scottish Government’s report,effort and resources to understand and adapt to each specific set of guidelines, thereby placing a drain

Let’s keep this online – change your constitution to keep virtual meetings

to help you through the process of changing your constitution to allow virtual meetings.,In order to support good governance, those amendments to the constitution should not just remove barriers,SCVO’s updated model constitutions are available at the links below: Scottish Charitable Incorporated,step guidance to change your constitution to allow for remote participation in meetings OSCR - Changing,your governing document to allow for virtual meetings: FAQs

Is it time to incorporate your village hall?

Make sure your village hall trustees are protected by checking your legal structure