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A new chapter in the history of Northern Ireland’s charities has begun with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has now commenced compulsory registration of charities.

The highly anticipated step will also see the creation of Northern Ireland’s register of charities – a publicly accessible and up to date register of all charities operating in Northern Ireland.

All organisations that are, or could be, charitable must apply for registration when called forward by the Charity Commission.

Compulsory registration with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (the Commission) is different from registration with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for charitable tax exemptions, so even if you have an HMRC registration number you must still apply for registration with the Commission.

Charity Commission Registration – Important information:

Charities and community groups are urged to prepare for charity registration. 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. In order to register please contact The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland directly, or if we can assist or support, please contact:

Mark Kent on 028 9146 1386

North Down Community Network is one of the Helper Groups registered with the Charity Commission, to offer support to groups in North Down with becoming registered. For more information visit The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland