New web development launch - Online Applications for Charitable Status

The new system we developed to allow organisations to apply online to become a charity is now live.


The Office of Scotland’s Charity Regulator (OSCR) receives 1,100 applications for charitable status every year.  Until now these have been paper-based, so the new system allows online applications for the first time – and as of the 1st of May 2019 will be the only way to apply.


The new application form is designed to be more user friendly, tailoring the application form so that applicants only have to see questions relevant to them, and ensuring that OSCR have all the right information to make decisions on charitable status quickly. It also allows applicants to supply all supporting documents online, minimising follow-up and further questions from OSCR to applicants.


Brian Horisk, Director said “We’ve developed a number of online application systems for purposes ranging from university and training courses to student accommodation.  This is our most customisable yet, giving full flexibility for OSCR to manage an extensive application form with complex business logic. This gives the potential charities a user-friendly form personalised with only the questions they need to answer.”


Iain Leslie, Director said “OSCR have been a great client to work with – they had a very clear vision of the project requirements and fully engaged with the Agile project management process.“


The project was awarded via competitive tender through the Scottish Government’s Application Design and Development (ADDS) framework. Horisk were one of just twenty international, UK and Scottish businesses appointed to the framework in 2016.

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