(Version June 2011)
If you are setting up a charity, using one of our model governing documents will save time and speed up your application for registration. Each of these contains the basic provisions which many charities use.
If you are updating an existing governing document you may also find these a useful source for model provisions. However, you may not be able to adopt a clause which allows your charity’s trustees to receive financial or other benefit without our consent. See Trustee expenses and payments (CC11).
If you prepare your own governing document, or choose one from a different provider, then you should take particular care (and advice if necessary) to ensure that its provisions are compatible with charitable status. For more information see Choosing and Preparing a Governing Document (CC22).
The models available are:
To use any of these, you will need to print the document and complete it by hand. We only provide the models in non-editable PDF format because any changes to the text mean that it would no longer be a model.
You will then need to sign the original version. The trustees should keep the original and send a copy to us.