Application to become a charity

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Welcome to OSCR’s application to become a charity.

You can login to your existing account or register to set up a new account by clicking the icons above.

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

Once you start an application you can save the form and come back to it any time within 3 months.

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, including guidance notes, carefully and answer them fully. An asterisk(*) after a heading means that the field is mandatory and you must enter a response. 

We will have to come back to you if you don't:

  • answer the questions fully.
  • write your charitable purposes clearly.

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.

We aim to make a decision on your application within 90 days of receiving an application. If the case is complex, or if we need to come back to you for information, the process may take longer.

Currently it takes on average 69 days to process an application