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The Future of the Friends of Abbeyfield Park. To hold a lease, enter into contracts, employ staff, apply for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated. The legal form we are recommending is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation by Association. The legal stuff.

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The legal stuff

To hold a lease, enter into contracts, employ staff, apply for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated.

The legal form we are recommending is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation by Association.

The legal stuff...


Charitable incorporated organisations cios
Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated.

  • New legal form specifically created for charities

  • Corporate status and limited liability

  • Regulated by Charity Commission, not by Companies House

  • Model constitution produced by Charity Commission

  • As charity benefit from tax exemptions etc


Cio by association
CIO by Association for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated.

  • Membership elects Trustees

  • Membership can be wide or narrow body – define membership criteria in constitution

  • “It is the duty of each member of a CIO to advance the purposes of the CIO” [Charities Act 2011]

  • Limited liability, don't have to give financial guarantee

  • Members can be individuals or corporate bodies

  • Certain rights – such as amending constitution – reserved to members


Cio trustees
CIO Trustees for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated.

  • Responsible for governance and oversight

  • Propose they are elected by members (but could be appointed by Trustees, nominated by external bodies, or ex officio)

  • May not derive personal benefit (e.g. be employed by the CIO) except in very specific circumstances


Charitable purposes
Charitable Purposes for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated.

  • Charities Act 2011:

  • (e) The advancement of citizenship or community development

  • (f) The advancement of arts, heritage, culture or science

  • Purposes are for the public benefit.


Next steps
Next steps for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated.

  • Identify initial members and trustees

  • Agree a constitution

  • Online registration with Charity Commission (1 – 3 months)

  • At moment of registration, the CIO is formed as corporate body and registered charity

  • Phased introduction of registration – charities who expect >£5k income from 1st October


What should be in the foap constitution
What should be in the FOAP constitution? for some forms of funding etc, FOAP needs to be legally incorporated.

  • Aims/objectives, e.g.

  • To celebrate the diverse culture and heritage of the area

  • To provide opportunities for community development in Abbeyfield Park

    Values, e.g.

  • Inclusive

  • Environmentally conscious

    Your suggestions!


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