Should I apply for Charitable Status?

If the answer is 'yes' to all three of the following questions, then your organisation should apply for registration as a charity.

Does your organisation have exclusively charitable purposes?

Charitable purposes are those for the prevention or relief of poverty or economic hardship, the advancement of education, the advancement of religion or any other purpose that is of benefit to the community (purposes that are of benefit to the community include, but are not limited to, integration of the disadvantaged, promotion of health, environmental protection, animal welfare and the arts).

Does your organisation provide a clear public benefit, in this country or elsewhere?

A public benefit is something which is beneficial in an identifiable way to the general public or a section of the public.

Does your organisation operate in the Republic of Ireland?

If your organisation intends to conduct charitable activities in the Republic of Ireland, you should first be registered with the Charities Regulator.

More information on the requirements for registration is available here.
For guidance on applying for registration with the Charities Regulator click here.
If you need to contact us please visit our query system here.