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We aim to support the growth and development of the Third Sector in Perth and Kinross.

We can provide information and support to third sector organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Perth and Kinross so they can access the support they need.

This includes, but isn’t limited to – Governance, Funding, Community Benefit and Start Up support. We aim to help all third sector organisations, at any stage of their journey.
Throughout the year, we run free expert sessions and one-to-ones with a focus on developing organisational capacity and improving business processes including HR, marketing, finance and business law.

For further details, or for any capacity building enquiries, contact the Development team on


I am thinking of becoming a charity. What do I need to do?

Setting up a charity can be a hard work. You may wish to consider whether you need to be a charity and whether you can deliver your good work under a less complex structure. Please look here to find out more about setting up a group.

We have decided to become a charity. What is the most suitable legal structure for us?

 Please read this fact sheet, which outlines the types of charity that can be registered with OSCR and their key characteristics.

What is a governing document?

Your governing document sets out your rules. It will describe your purposes, what you do, who can be a member as well as rules around meetings. Your structure will determine which governing document you need. You can find downloadable templates at Model constitutions – SCVO.

My community would like to take over the running of a community hall or asset. What can we do?

It may be possible for you to set up a group so you can own or have a long lease on an asset owned by the council. We can support with this. Please read this leaflet from Perth and Kinross council. PKC also have a toolkit for community groups which can help you understand the process you will need to follow.

What is a Social Enterprise?

Social enterprises aim to make a profit just like any private sector business. However, their profits or surpluses are reinvested back into their social and/or environmental purpose.
Social enterprises in Scotland are often recognised as being asset locked so that only the community and society can profit from their work, buildings, land and other assets. Social enterprises must be sustainable in order to meet their social and/or environmental mission. The Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland is a set of guidelines used by some Scottish social enterprises.There’s no single, legal definition of social enterprise in the UK. Definitions vary across the world and even within the UK. Read more here.

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