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Combined list and expression of intent form

All organisations which are charitable and operating in Northern Ireland must apply to register with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland when called forward to do so. In order to be called forward, you should make sure the Commission knows you are operating here. This applies even if the organisation has not been previously recognised as a charity for tax purposes, for example, having an HMRC tax number.

To help charity trustees, the Commission has published a list of organisations that it is aware of, that have indicated they are operating and ready to be called forward to apply for charity registration.

Updates and corrections

The combined list was last updated on 21 April 2022. The Commission has made every effort to avoid errors on this list. If you spot any information which you believe to be inaccurate or would like to contact us in relation to this list, please use the specific Combined list form, available by clicking here.

Using this form helps the Commission to correct these errors quickly. Corrections or queries which are sent by other means, such as in an email, may not be actioned as quickly or picked up.

Organisations which have already been registered as charities in Northern Ireland can be found on the register of charities here.

About the combined list

The Combined list has three tabs located at the bottom of the list. You can search the list on each of these tabs 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.

Awaiting call forward: This is a list of organisations which have indicated that they are ready to be called forward to apply for registration or which have been called forward and are at some stage in the application process.

Other organisations which have more complex circumstances also appear on this list, but these require further consideration prior to being called forward.

This list is published in alphabetical order and does NOT indicate the order in which organisations will be called forward to apply for registration.

S167: This is a list of charities which operate for charitable purposes in or from Northern Ireland but were established in law outside of Northern Ireland. The Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 refers to these organisations as Section 167 institutions.

The Commission cannot call these organisations forward to apply for registration until the Department for Communities has commenced this section of the legislation. The Department also have to make regulations outlining financial statements and statements of activities which these institutions will be required to submit to the Commission. Further details will be available once the regulations are made and consulted on. If you think your organisation may be a Section 167 institution please see the information at the bottom of this page.

Refused registration: This is a list of organisations that have been refused registration.

The lists also contain the names of certain organisations ‘deemed’ to be charities, which the Commission continues to work through (you can learn more about what ‘deemed’ means here).

How will organisations be called forward to apply for registration?

The Commission contacts or "calls forward" organisations in tranches to apply for registration. It calls forward organisations which have submitted Expressions of intent on a priority basis which factors in date order, evidenced special circumstances (see information below) and sectoral risks which have been identified. These can be risks to an organisation in areas such as fundraising or safeguarding which can also impact on the reputation of the whole charity sector.

We try to give organisations which have submitted an Expression of Intent advance notice of the timeframe within which they are likely to be called forward.

Download Combined list - updated to 21 April 2022 XLSX (113.8 KB)

If you would like the list in an alternative format, for example .csv, please contact the Commission.

Preparing for registration: Next steps

On this page you can prepare for charity registration by:

  1. Checking the Commission's combined list above to see if your organisation is included.
  2. Following the 'Next steps' outlined further down this page, as appropriate to your organisation, immediately.

There is currently no definitive way to know exactly how many charities there are in Northern Ireland, so the Commission has adopted a managed process with organisations called forward by the Commission in tranches to apply to register. The completion of the register is expected to take a number of years, although most organisations which have submitted Expressions of Intent will be able to apply relatively quickly.

In order to ensure your organisation will be called forward for registration, the Commission is urging all unregistered charities in Northern Ireland to check the Combined List. If you are not on it, please complete the online Expression of intent form (external link) to provide your details to the Commission.

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.

From Summer 2022 onwards, new Expressions of Intent will normally be called forward within 6 weeks of submitting the EOI. You may, however, be called forward sooner so you should be ready to apply at any time after the Expression of Intent is submitted.

If you think there are special circumstances which may apply to your registration, and which mean an earlier call forward may be necessary, you should explain this in the relevant section of the Expression of Intent form.

For example, while the register of charities is growing, funding bodies in Northern Ireland are normally content that you are on the Commission’s combined 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 within a tight timeframe, you may ask the Commission if you can be called forward under special circumstances, explaining this as the reason.

Organisations governed by the law of another jurisdiction but that operate in Northern Ireland 

Under Section 167 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 these are organisations which are not charities under the law of Northern Ireland, and were established 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 to different 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. The name of your organisation will be added the Combined list and published on the Commission’s website.

Combined list form

Data Protection

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is responsible for registering, regulating and reporting on the charity sector in Northern Ireland. As the charity regulator, we are lawfully required to collect and process personal data in order to achieve our statutory objectives, functions and general duties.

Any personal data you give us will be held securely and in accordance with data protection rules and principles. Your personal details will be treated as private and confidential, and will only be retained for as long as is necessary in line with our retention policy. The information will be safeguarded and will not be disclosed to anyone not connected to the Commission unless:

  •  you have agreed to its release,
  •  the Commission is legally bound to disclose the information
  •  the Commission regards disclosure as necessary in order to properly carry out its statutory functions

The Commission may also disclose information or personal data to other relevant public authorities where it is lawful to do so and where, for the purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of overriding public interest, such disclosure is necessary.

We will ensure that any disclosure made for this purpose is lawful, fair, considers your right to privacy and is made only to serve the Commission’s statutory objectives as a regulator.

When you provide the Commission with information used to carry out its functions, you are obliged to comply with section 25 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 which means that it is an offence to provide information which is false or misleading. In respect of your personal data we expect any data which you give us to be truthful, accurate and up-to-date.

For further information, you may wish to read the Commission’s Privacy notice which details what to expect when the Commission collects and processes personal information, including your rights in relation to that processing if we hold your information.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives members of the public the right to know about and request information that we hold. This includes information received from third parties. If information is requested under the Freedom of Information Act we will release it, unless there are relevant exemptions. We may choose to consult with you first. If you think that information you are providing may be exempt from release if requested, please let us know.