Registered Charities

Thinking about becoming a charity?

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator is the independent regulator and registrar of Scottish charities.

Thinking about becoming a charity?

There are advantages to becoming a charity, but you need to consider carefully whether this is the best option for your organisation. Those running a charity – the charity trustees – have legal responsibilities and must ensure that reporting requirements are met.

What does it mean to be a charity?

A charity in Scotland is an organisation which is entered on the Scottish Charity Register. An organisation can only become a charity if it meets the ‘charity test’, meaning it must have only charitable purposes and it must provide public benefit.

Need help to set up your charity?

Becoming a Charity – There are advantages in becoming a charity, but you will need to consider whether this is the best option for your organisation. You can read the ‘Becoming a Charity‘ booklet to help you make your decision.

Already a charity but looking to incorporate? 

This process applies to charities considering changing from an unincorporated body (unincorporated associations and trusts) to a SCIO or a company.

A charity seeking to incorporate must apply to create a new charity, and apply for consent to wind up the existing (old) charity. Before starting the incorporation process, it is vital that you read OSCR’s Incorporation Guidance.

Contact Julie McGrath Organisational Development Officer on 01259 213840 or by email who will be able to support you through the process.


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