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Constituting as a charitable incorporated organisation

Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) are a relatively new legal structure available for charities or charitable groups that wish to be incorporated.

It is designed to offer the protection of limited liability status (normally only afforded by a charitable company) but without the burden of dual regulation associated with a charitable company.

CIOs are only regulated by the Charity Commission and they manage the application process.

The Charity Commission has model governing documents to assist organisations going down the CIO route. These models are generic and it is important that when using them, affiliated clubs are compliant with the Swim England requirements for affiliation.

General guidance and copies of the model governing documents for Charitable Incorporated Organisations are available on the Charity Commission website here.