Making changes to a charity guidance

Published: 06/07/2017
Updated: 21/02/2018


Read our guidance on making changes to your charity, when you need our consent and when you need to tell us about changes.


This guide is split into sections that explain the different steps of the process and is supported by factsheets produced by the stakeholders below who worked with OSCR to shape and inform the guide.

A Guide To Incorporation


This guidance will help you with your application to dissolve your charity. To dissolve a charity means causing the charity to cease to exist.

Dissolving Your Charity PDF


This guidance will help you with your application to change the purposes of your charity. To be entered and stay entered in the Scottish Charity Register, a charity must meet the charity test.

Changing Charitable Purposes


This guidance will assist with your application to change the name of your charity.

Changing Your Charity's Name PDF

A summary of when charities need to get OSCR's consent to make changes and when to tell us about changes made. 


Flowchart outlining when OSCR’s consent is required to make changes to your charity.

Information On Consent Flowchart


Read OSCR's guidance on charity reorganisation schemes under sections 39-43 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.The guidance is a practical guide to the charity reorganisation process.

Charity Reorganisation Guidance PDF


Read the guidance on how to reorganise a restricted fund – a fund only to be used for a specific purpose.

Reorganisation of Restricted Funds PDF


This guidance is for people who are advising village hall charities about incorporation as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) or a company; or making changes to their governing document.

Guidance for Village Halls Governed by a Deed of Trust PDF

From 1 January 2018 Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs) and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) will appear in the Registrar’s Index of Company Names, which is maintained by Companies House. Charities that are companies already appear on the index. See our FAQs below for more information. 

FAQs: SCIOs on the Index of Company Names
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