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The Charities Act 2009 requires all schools to register as charities with the Charities Regulator. The Charities Regulator encourages all schools to submit their application as soon as possible.

The Charities Regulator is working in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills to facilitate the registration of all Primary Schools and Post-Primary Schools in Ireland. This partnership will simplify the application process and limit the administrative burden on schools.

How to Register

1.The School should email the following details to for the attention of Mandy Osborne.

a) the school’s name,
b) School Roll number,
c) its charitable purpose, R-education
d) country where the charity was established, R- Ireland
e) whether there is a principal place of business and activities in the Republic of Ireland, R- yes
f) the charity’s financial year end date, R- 31st August (most schools)
g) the name and address to whom the CRA should send security information R – Principal
h) telephone number, R- school phone number
i) agreement to the CRA’s terms and conditions.

2. When this has been processed, the CRA will send a PIN code to the named person.

3. The school uses the PIN to set up a charitable account with the CRA.

4. The school then completes the application form which is available once the account is set up.

5. One of the requirements of the online form is to upload the governing document of the organisation. For many schools, this is the Articles of Management. Please follow this link to download the Articles of Management: Articles of Management

6. Schools that do not use the Articles of Management as their governing document should contact their Trustee/Patron for the governing document relevant to their school.

For more information on registering view the Charities Regulator User Guide for registration.

Further information or clarification on any of the issues raised in this Guideline can be obtained from the FSSU and from the Charites Regulator on 01 6331500.