Registration list and expression of intent form
It is compulsory for all charities operating in Northern Ireland to apply for charity registration. If you are a charity in Northern Ireland, you should prepare for registration now by:
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)
- has been registered by the Commission
- 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.
If you would like the list in an alternative format, for example .csv, please contact the Commission.
20161005 Registration list
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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. You can check the tranche list to see the organisations which have been called forward to date here.
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:
Your organisation is included on the registration list - you should now check the Commission's tranche list. If it appears that your organisation has already been called forward but you have not heard from the Commission within a week of the date the tranche was called forward, please contact us as soon as possible to ensure the contact details held by the Commission for your organisation are up to date.
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. For more information on how registration is being managed please click here. 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 or you 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 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.
You will find more information and detailed guidance on the registration process in the Commission’s Registering as a charity in Northern Ireland: guidance