Application to become a charity

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Welcome to OSCR’s application to become a charity.

Note: You only need to set up one account even if you are dealing with multiple applications.

Before you start, make sure you’ve read the guidance available on OSCR’s website and understand the responsibilities that come with being a Scottish charity should the application be successful. Please read the application questions and guidance notes carefully and answer every question fully. An asterisk(*) after a question means that an answer is mandatory and you must enter a response. If you fail to supply any documents when the form asks for them then your application decision may delayed or you may not be able to proceed.

Application form FAQs

How long do I have to submit an application?

Once you start an application, you can save the form and come back to it any time within 3 months. Our application system automatically deletes applications when there has been no activity for 3 months.

Does OSCR require a wet signature on the additional documentation?

Some documents, such as the Trustee Declaration Form, require a signature so you will need to send them after they have been signed. We will accept a typed name as a signature on the Trustee Declaration Form. 

What happens after I submit an application?

Once you submit your application, you will get an automated email to confirm it has been received. Our Meeting the Charity Test guidance explains how we will come to a decision on your application.

How long will my application take?

Applications will take longer to process if they are complex or we need further information, with some applications taking over 100 days to process. One of the most common reasons for a longer decision is applicants not providing enough information at the first stage. OSCR will contact you when there has been progress made on the application so generally there is not a need to contact OSCR until we have been in touch.