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COVID-19 guidance

What this guidance covers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is forcing many charities to change how they usually operate. The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is working to share and provide guidance to assist charities where possible as they navigate their way through this unprecedented health emergency.

This guidance brings together information charities need to know during this time, and highlights other organisations and websites which may be able to offer support.

The Commission will be adding to this guidance over coming weeks, working to keep you informed. If you feel something is missing, please contact

Charity Trustees must also remember to fulfill the requirements and obligations of other regulators and statutory agencies that may be applicable to them.

How to use this guidance

This guidance  is for charity trustees, their staff, volunteers and service users, along with others who advise and support charities. It also aims to provide advice to the general public on how they can safely assist charities at this time.

As well as information on key queries we have received during the COVID-19 pandemic, you will also find information on how the Commission has adapted its own working practices to protect service users and staff, while continuing to serve the public and the charity sector.

This guidance is split into different parts to help you find the information you need easily.

Contacting the Commission 

For charities:

How do I get support to pay my staff?

Funding and finance

Guidance for charities facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19

Trading subsidiaries in financial difficulties


Data Protection

Annual reporting

Charity registration including expressions of intent

Can we change our charity’s purposes so we can provide support during the pandemic?

Advice regarding charity meetings

Reporting serious incidents, including any impacts on your charity as a result of the pandemic

Accounting matters

For everyone:

Volunteering with a charity during the pandemic

Donating to an established charity to help those most affected by the pandemic

Giving safely to charities (including reporting fraud, scams and cybercrime)

The Emergencies Leadership Group

Other sources of help and advice