Thinking of joining Scottish Environment LINK?
Member bodies are voluntary organisations working in Scotland whose main aims, objectives and activities are compatible with one of the Charitable Purposes of LINK: “to advance the conservation and improvement of Scotland’s natural environment and associated cultural heritage as part of the pursuit of environmental sustainability”. Membership is a wise investment which pays dividends in terms of added strength, credibility, relationships, agenda-setting, support, skills development and access to other sectors. Read more about the benefits of LINK membership.
Membership is open to bodies which fulfill all of the additional criteria:
- which are voluntary non-profit-distributing organisations
- which are either Scottish organisations, or have a significant separate or devolved Scottish identity
- which can demonstrate the ability to make a contribution to the work of LINK at a national level in Scotland
- whose application is approved by a majority of existing full members
Additionally, eligible organisations should fulfill most of the following criteria:
- be autonomous and independent of government or its agencies, and of primarily commercial interests
- have been established by an initiative of citizens or other voluntary organisations
- demonstrate clear citizen-driven ethos
- be organised so that deployment of the resources of the organisation is overseen by a committee of citizens (trustees, council, management committee etc) working for the organisation’s objects
- have objectives are guided or approved by their wider memberships at least annually
LINK’s Charitable purposes are:
- (a) to promote the effectiveness and efficiency of voluntary organisations involved with the conservation and improvement of Scotland’s natural environment and associated cultural heritage;
- (b) to advance the conservation and improvement of Scotland’s natural environment and associated cultural heritage as part of the pursuit of environmental sustainability and ;
- (c) to advance the education, understanding and responsible awareness of the natural environment and associated cultural heritage as part of the pursuit of environmental sustainability;
Membership subscriptions are an vital element of LINK’s funding and are banded based on an organisation’s total income.
The membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March, in line with LINK’s financial year. For new organisations joining part way through the year they will pay a pro-rata amount calculated to the start of the quarter in which they are joining. The rates below are from 1st April 2016. For rates in previous years, please contact the LINK office to discuss.
|1||£3 million and above||£9,021|
|2||£1 million – £2,999,999||£6,021|
|3||£500,000 – £999,999||£4,009|
|4||£250,000 – £499,999||£2,657|
|5||£100,000 – £249,999||£1,648|
|6||up to £99,999||£957 or 1.084% of income,
(whichever is less)
Minimum £100 applies
If you would like to become a Member please contact the Scottish Environment LINK office to discuss your organisation’s needs, or download and complete the Membership Application Form and return it to LINK. We will then contact you to advise of the membership approval process.
Please see also LINK’s Corporate Strategy 2016-19, the Memorandum and Articles, and LINK’s Operating Principles. If your organisation is not eligible for LINK membership you may wish to become an Organisational Supporter.