New Guide on being a charity in Scotland

New guide on being a Charity in Scotland

Easy to read guidance on the charity test and trustee duties


The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has unveiled a brand new booklet to make the basics of Scottish charity law easier to understand.

Designed to be used throughout a charity’s life, ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ uses simple graphics and straightforward language to help those who run Scottish charities understand their responsibilities.

The guide is for:

• Charity trustees of existing charities or people working in charities, especially smaller ones
• People who want to set up a charity
• Professionals who advise charities and organisations that want to become charities.

It sets out the key points charities need to know about Scottish charity law. Within the guide there are links to detailed guidance pages contained on our website and it also has information on other organisations that can provide help and advice to charities.

‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ is available online

OSCR’s Head of Engagement, Dr Judith Turbyne said:

“Scottish charities make a huge contribution to Scottish society. As regulator we are in the privileged position of being able to get a glimpse of the breadth and depth of all that work.

“The passion and commitment that goes into starting and running Scottish charities by voluntary trustees is impressive. But passion alone is not enough. It is important to remember that these trustees have specific responsibilities.

They are aware that, at times, these responsibilities might appear onerous. They are trying to ensure that it is as easy as possible for trustees and potential trustees to understand what they need to do when setting up and running a charity. They have produced this Guide to be short and accessible, making compliance as easy as possible for all those who are running charities.


• ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ is available at
• The Guide combines and condenses the Meeting the Charity Test: Guidance and Guidance and good practice for Charity Trustees.
• ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ can be printed off and comes in a standard .pdf format. There are limited paper copies available from OSCR. Any requests for paper copies should be sent to Attendees at ‘The Gathering 2017’ (22 and 23 February 2017) will be able to pick up a copy of the booklet from the OSCR stand (Stand 3).


Beatrice Community Fund Information Events – February 2017

SSE would like to invite members of the public from the five community council areas below to attend an information event in their local community where they will learn more about the Beatrice local Community Fund. They are also looking for volunteers form each community to join the decision making panel and a ballot will be held at each event to appoint the community panel members. Website

Wednesday 22 February

Keiss Hall, Keiss


Thursday 23 February

Dunbeath Hall, Dunbeath


Thursday 23 February

Lybster Hall, Lybster


Tuesday 28 February

Thrumster Hall, Thrumster


Tuesday 28 February

Pulteneytown Peoples Project, Wick


Newton Hill Community Woodland Volunteer Days

Saturday/Sunday 18th, 19th February & Saturday / Sunday 25th, 26th February. 10.30am-3.30pm

Upgrading the car park to cottage path loop by spreading and rolling scalpings to raise and improve the walking surface.Any time you can spend helping within the time on the four days would be greatly appreciated.

Everyone is  most welcome to come along and lend a little help to improve and develop the path network. Tools provided but useful tp bring along your own shovels. We can provide child size shovels. Tution given on activities. for further information contact Billy nicolson 01955 604408 or willie bruce 01955603512. 


Big Lottery Advice

Beware of Consultancy Services for Funding Bids


Lottery has sent out this reminder to watch out for consultants who offer services to help you with your funding bid. Some businesses promote their services by telling potential customers about the Big Lottery Fund. They may offer consultancy services or imply they are acting on the Big Lottery Fund’s behalf. Some offer to help youfill in the form or do it for you in return for payment.                                         high-res-corporate-logo-blue

The application process is free and they believe paying for external consultancy advice is unnecessary. The Big Lottery Fund does not work with or endorse the services of any consultant and they can’t provide funding for any costs, commission or fees that they charge you to make an application form. They ask that you please complete the application form yourself and apply directly to them.

If you are thinking about applying for funding and are not sure where to start simply give the Advice Team a call on 0300 123 7110 or email They are there to provide pre application advice and information.

Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme is open for applications

Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme is open for applications

Charities and amateur sports clubs are being encouraged to apply for the latest round of water and sewerage rates exemptions. Since 2015, the Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme has helped more than 7,700 charities and amateur sports clubs to save around £4 million every year.

Organisations must apply each year to the scheme.  

The scheme means eligible charities registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, as well as community amateur sports clubs with an income of less than £200,000, do not need to pay water and sewerage charges.

Those with incomes between £200,000 and £300,000 will pay a reduced rate.

This scheme means that eligible charities and community sports clubs can keep more of the money they raise to invest in the valuable services they provide. As such, I urge all charities and sports clubs to check their eligibility and apply as soon as they can. To apply you must contact your Licensed Provider (the company that sends you your water bill) and ask for an application form.

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