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 email@example.com.
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.
- VAT payments
- Charitable rates relief
- Can we keep fundraising?
- Can we use cash reserves to help our charity through this crisis?
- Can we use restricted funds to help our charity through this crisis?
- Emergency funding and support
- Can I cancel or postpone my charity’s AGM or other key meetings?
- Can I use video, teleconferencing and the internet in place of face-to-face meetings?