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Ready to apply?

Published: 16/04/2024
Updated: 02/05/2024

If you can successfully answer the questions in our Preparing for your application section, you are now ready to begin your application to become a charity.

The application form is structured in a way that highlights the information we need to make a decision. If you need help expressing the information in this way, we have guidance on Being a Charity in Scotland and we recommend that you get help and advice with your application.

How to apply

To apply to become a charity, you must need use our online application form to become a charity. You will have to create log in details if you have never applied to become a charity before.

We have guidance that takes you through the form step by step.

As part of the application, you will need to upload:

If you are applying to be a SCIO, you must have a minimum of three charity trustees. If you are a cross-border charity, please read our guidance to find out when an English and Welsh charity needs to register with OSCR.

Please note: Our application system automatically deletes applications when there has been no activity for 3 months.