Running a community project

How to use this page

Click on the headings below to expand each section and see more info about it.

Starting up and Running a Project

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations website offers a range of resources to assist groups to get started.

Starting to set up a Charity - Includes: Getting Started/Making a Plan/Membership/Deciding on status/Risks/Structures/Wring a Constitution/Next Steps

Trustees Boards and Committees - Includes: Recruitment and Induction/ Roles and Responsibilities/ Meetings

Financial and Business Management - includes: charity account and financial reporting; TAX and VAT; Business Planning

Managing Staff and Volunteers

Services and Deals - General Advice - includes IT and telecoms, legal, office and facilities, training and events, finance, information and research, HR, Networks

Training and Events

Writing a Business Plan

Beginners Guide to Securing Grant Funding document which offers support in making a successful funding application.

Fife Voluntary Action website - Fife Council work in partnership with Fife Voluntary Action to provide voluntary, community, social enterprise and charitable organisations with advice, information and one-to-one support to those wishing to establish a formal organisation. 

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) - The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is an independent regulator and register for over 23,000 Scottish charities, including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities and major care providers. 

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) – Becoming a Charity - If you would like your organisation to become a charity, there are a number of things to consider before applying, click on this link to ensure you are clear about what becoming a charity involves.

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) – Becoming a CharityThe Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) is a new legal form for registered Scottish charities. The SCIO is a corporate body which is a legal entity able to enter into contracts, employ staff, incur debts, own property, sue and be sued.


Getting Organised & Marketing your Project

SCDC can offer advice and guidance on the National Standards for Community Engagment: 

Digital Fife promotes the use of digital technology through work with community groups and a network of volunteer Digital Champions.

Social Media

Research & Consultation for your Project

Research gives us good quality information about issues relating to Fife that can be used to improve and inform service delivery.  Download our Fife Dataset Document.

The consultation handbook is a comprehensive reference document for anyone involved in community consultation. Including practical examples.  See the Consultations webpage for more information.


Evaluating your Project

Evaluation Support Scotland

Measuring soft outcomes 

Institute for Employment Studies aims to assist projects and organisations to understand and implement systems for recording soft outcomes and distance travelled. It offers a definition of these terms and presents different methods for recording and measuring them. Primarily its aim is to be a resource for ESF projects where the target groups are some distance from labour market participation.

Other Useful Information for your Project

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation seeks to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) - Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.


The links on this page take you to various external websites and Fife Council are not responsible for the content on these sites.

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