CLUBS, SOCIETIES & ASSOCIATIONS
Clubs, Societies & Associations (CSAs) are membership organisations specifically set up for members to get together to pursue and promote social, lifestyle and recreational activities of common interest to the members.
Most CSAs are classed as social purpose organisations because they exist, primarily, to benefit the members and the founder/owners do not share the profits of the organisation (but reinvest them back into the organisation) .
If you are a local amateur sports clubs the government enables you to automatically take advantage of a range of valuable tax reliefs by giving you the option to register with the Charity Commission as a charity (under the charitable purpose `the advancement of amateur sport’ ), or with HMRC as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC).
In terms of financing, most CSAs are fully or partly funded by the memberships fees paid by the members and the income from fundraising activities carried out by the organisation (e.g. conferences, events, training, merchandising, etc).
Furthermore, since most CSAs that are recognised as not for profit they can solicit donations from the public and apply for relevant grant funding.
As a potential not for profit CSA founder there are some key formation issues you need to deal with. Chiefly, these are deciding whether to operate as a social enterprise, charity or CASC and determining which legal structure is best for your project.
These issues , along with other formations matters , can be quite tricky so to help in this regard we have created a robust formation package which can handle the entire formation process for you.
The CSA Formation Package
At FD 4 Start ups we adopt a collaborative approach to formations which enables us to provide you with a comprehensive and fully supported formation package that includes :
O Clearing your proposed business name for use and , where required, advise on the strategies to prevent your
name and brand being used or exploited by third parties.
O Selecting an appropriate legal structure for your CSA
O Ensuring that you have a properly written constitution and well constructed objects clause to prevent your application
being rejected by the relevant institutions (e.g. banks, government departments, etc).
O Signing you up to the relevant HMRC and government departments (e.g. Corporation Tax, VAT, Gift Aid, etc).
O Carry out a full compliance check of the legislation and regulations that you need to comply with
O Provide you with the details of any suitable FREE or affordable government schemes you can benefit from (e.g. grants, training opportunities mentoring, advice, etc).
O FREE unlimited support before, during and up to 12 months after formation including advice and guidance on any relevant administrative, legal & financial issue relating to your start up.
If you already have an up and running organisation we can look at what you are currently operating under and see whether you need to make any changes based on your current circumstances and/or future plans.
Our formation fees, including any consultations, are based on the CSA legal structures chosen for your project and any extras requested. However, in general our formation fees range between £100 to £150. The main exception to this are Charities and Industrial and Provident Societies formation fees which start from £250.
If you want to discuss your project generally you can Contact Us by Whatapp, phone or by e-mail.
However, if you ready to start your formation we ask that you read our CSA Legal Structures guide and then complete our CSA Formation Contact Form (see below) so we can support you properly from the outset.