Registration list and expression of intent form
1. Checking the registration list below to see if your organisation is included.
2. Following the 'Next steps' outlined further down this page, as appropriate to your organisation, immediately.
The registration list is a list of all organisations the Commission is aware of to call forward for registration. It also details if an organisation:
- is deemed or non-deemed (for information on what is meant by the term “deemed charity” please click here)
- is closed
- has been refused registration by the Commission
- is required to contact the Commission to provide further contact details for registration.
You can search the list by opening it and either scrolling down the alphabetical list or, in order to speed up the process, hold down the CTRL and F buttons on your keyboard. You can then enter the name of the organisation you are searching for in the Find box. To support searches, users may also filter columns.
In order to speed up access to the Registration list, from 30 May 2017 the registration list ceased to contain the names of charities that had been registered by the Commission. Registered charities can be found on the register of charities here.
The Registration list below contains organisations which have:
- applied for charity registration
- failed to apply when called forward by the Commission.
- been refused registration.
- are waiting to be called forward
It also contains the names of organisations for which the Commission does not have contact details.
Details of organisations which have failed to apply have been passed to HMRC.
This list was updated on Tuesday 20 June 2017. The Commission has made every effort to avoid errors on this list. We would be grateful if you spot any information which you believe to be inaccurate to contact us so we can correct it.
The registration list is therefore subject to change. For example, an organisation may be registered and therefore removed from the list.
If you would like the list in an alternative format, for example .csv, please contact the Commission.
Registration List Updated July 2017
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The Commission will call forward organisations from this list in tranches, ensuring that registration can be managed in a fair and efficient manner.
There is currently no definitive way to know exactly how many charities there are in Northern Ireland. However, it is estimated that there are between 5,000 and 11,500 charitable organisations still to be registered. Given the estimates, registration will be a managed process with charitable organisations called forward by the Commission in tranches to apply to register. This process is expected to take a number of years.
In order to ensure your organisation will be called forward for registration, the Commission is urging all charities in Northern Ireland to undertake one of the following actions, as appropriate to them:
You are on the list but contact details are missing – please update the Commission by emailing your organisation’s name and your contact details via the contact us form.
You are not on the list– please complete the online Expression of intent form (external link) to provide your details to the Commission, enabling you to be called forward to apply for charity registration at a future date. Please note that submitting an Expression of intent form does not mean that you will be called forward earlier than normal or that your registration application will be “fast tracked”.
By submitting a form you are providing the Commission with your contact details so that your organisation may be called forward by the Commission as part of a future registration tranche. Given the thousands of charities operating in Northern Ireland, registration must be operated via a managed process which is fair to all applicants. Alternatively, if you believe there are valid reasons for your organisation to be called forward earlier than normal, please see the information on special circumstances below.
You think there are special circumstances which may apply to your registration - for example you think you are one of a number of similar organisations that could be assessed as a grouped registration.
Some organisations, for example parent teacher associations, operate as individual groups but are closely linked under a wider, regional or national organisation. These organisations may be able to apply as a grouped registration under an approved governing document.
You can find out more information about grouped registration and approved governing documents in our Registering as a charity in Northern Ireland guidance.
You may need to use a particular power set out in the Charities Act for which registration is a condition. Please complete the online Expression of intent form (external link), outlining any special circumstances which you think apply in your case.
It is important to note that any reasons why you are requesting the Commission call your charity forward quickly, or as a group, must be valid and you may be asked to provide evidence. For example, while the register of charities is growing, funding bodies in Northern Ireland are normally content that you are on the Commission’s registration list and therefore the Commission knows about your organisation for registration purposes. If, however, you have applied to a funding body and they have insisted on charity registration, you may ask the Commission if you can be called forward under special circumstances, explaining this as the reason. Please note that you may be required by the Commission to provide written confirmation from the funding body detailing this criteria.
You would like to start a new charity – please complete the online Expression of intent form to provide your details to the Commission, enabling you to be called forward to apply for charity registration. Please highlight that you are a new charity in the Special circumstances section of the form.
You will need to successfully register as a charity with the Commission if you wish to apply to HMRC for charitable tax exemptions. We therefore ask that you highlight in the Special circumstances section of the form that you are a new charity and, for information purposes only, whether or not you intend to apply for to HMRC for charitable tax exemptions.
Organisations governed by the law of another jurisdiction but that operate in Northern Ireland - Under Section 167 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008these are organisations which are not charities under the law of Northern Ireland, and have their main base outside of Northern Ireland, but which operate for charitable purposes in or from Northern Ireland. These organisations may be required to apply for registration with the Commission however they may be subject todifferent annual reporting obligations. Section 167 institutions will not be called forward until the Department for Communities has enacted that section of the legislation and made regulations outlining financial statements and statements of activities which such institutions will be required to submit to the Commission. Further details will be available once the regulations are made and consulted on.
In the meantime, if your organisation falls under Section 167 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 you should make us aware of your intention to register by completing the online Expression of Intent form, however details of Section 167 organisations will not be added to the Registration list at this time.
You will find more information and detailed guidance on the registration process in the Commission’s Registering as a charity in Northern Ireland: guidance