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What is the Good Governance Award?

The Good Governance Award is the quality standard for Scottish Charities, the only such award recommended by OSCR. The Award assesses a charity’s overall governance and management, focusing on 8 key areas.

It has been designed and is administered by Dundee Volunteer & Voluntary Action.

How long does the award take?

It should take most organisations around 12 months to achieve the award.

How much does it cost?

The cost of delivering the Award is heavily subsidised by our funders, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership and Scottish Government. The current charge for 2018/19 is £500 for charities with fewer than 20 employees (FTE), and £1000 for larger charities. Payment plans are available on request, please contact us for further details.

How do I apply to join the award programme?

There are regular intakes throughout the year, so contact us for details.

How long does the award last?

Once achieved, the award lasts for 3 years, it can then be renewed.

What is involved in obtaining the award?

In order to receive the award, a charity must demonstrate that it has in place all the necessary policies and procedures required to effectively and efficiently govern itself, and that these policies and procedures are being adhered to. Full guidance is given to enable charities to demonstrate this through the compilation of an e-portfolio, which is assessed by Good Governance Award staff.

What kind of support will I get to help me complete the award?

The award process is designed to help you identify the things you are already doing well and develop those areas that require improvement. You will have regular contact with your Good Governance worker, who will be able to offer advice and guidance suitable for your charity. You will also have access to the members area on this site which contains guidance, examples, templates, and links to useful information and organisations. On completion of the award, charities continue to have access to this resource.

Which programme should I choose?

The Good Governance Award is Scotland’s charity quality standard, recommended by OSCR and designed to help charities achieve governance excellence. If your charity has more than 3 members of staff and/or a turnover of over £100,000, we recommend you aim to complete the Good Governance Award. If your charity has 3 employees or fewer, or wants to try the assessment process before embarking on the full Award, beginning with the IGGP might be a good option. If your organisation has no staff, you should complete the IGGP.

What happens if I fail the assessment?

The Good Governance Award is not a pass or fail system, we continue to work with you until the correct standard is met. Your mentor will provide guidance and advice throughout the process.

How will the programme benefit my organisation?

  • Provides a structured framework to work through enabling you to develop in areas that need more robustness with tailored feedback addressing your charity’s specific needs to reach the agreed standard
  • By completing the Award you will achieve the Quality Standard for Scottish Charities.  Trustees, internal and external stakeholders are confident that advanced best practice in governance is being demonstrated, increasing trust in the charity and improving sustainability
  • More than just the essential policies and procedures will be in place to help protect against the most common governance pitfalls that charities face
  • Improved efficiency in running the charity frees up more time to spend on running your services and working with service users

How do I apply to join the programme?

There are regular induction sessions throughout the year, contact us for details and a registration form.