Commissioners of Charitable Donations & Bequests

The Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland (CCDB) existed from 1845 until their dissolution in 2014 under the Charities Act 2009.  The Commissioners were mandated under the Charities Acts 1961 and 1973 to provide services to trustees of charities and to assist in the carrying out of the intentions of persons making donations and bequests to charity.  These functions transferred to the Charities Regulator on its establishment in 2014 under the Charities Act 2009.

This section outlines the services we provide under the 1961 Charities Act and the 1973 Charities Act as amended, as well as Section 82 of the Charities Act 2009.  You can also download the application forms for these services here.  We are not yet able to accept these applications electronically. 

 

Please read the relevant application guidelines before completing the forms. 
1.    Requirements for the appointment of New Trustees

2.    Authorisation of disposition of lands held upon charitable trusts 
    i.     Requirements for making an application for the consent to a Sale of Charity Property for Full Value

    ii.    Requirements for making an application for the consent to a Sale of Charity Property for Less than Full Value
    iii.   Requirements for making an application for the consent to a Lease of Charity Property

    iv.   Requirements for making an application for the consent to a Surrender of a Lease of Charity Property
    v.    Requirements for making an application for the consent to a Mortgage of Charity Property
    vi.   Requirements for making an application for the consent to an Exchange of Charity Property
3.    Requirements for making an application to settle a Cy-Près Schem (as near as possible to the intentions of the original donor)

4.    Requirements for making an application for the Opinion and Advice of the Authority to trustees experiencing difficulty in administering a Charitable Trust
5.    Requirements for making an application for the Approval of a Compromise of claims by or against a Charity
6.    Requirements for the incorporation of a Charity pursuant to Section 2 or Section 3 of the Charities Act, 1973, as Amended - Framing of Schemes of Incorporation
7.    Requirements for the making of Vesting Orders Freeing Charity Property (from the operation of onerous covenants in leases in certain circumstatnces)
8.    Requirements for making an application for the consent to a Sale of Charity persuant to the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002

 

Investment of charity funds

The Charities Regulator has a Common Investment Fund (CIF) in which it invests funds for charities.  This Fund was established by the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests and transferred to the Charities Regulator, when the Commissioners were dissolved and all their functions transferred to the Charities Regulator under the Charities Act 2009.  The Charities Regulator does not accept any new funds from charities for investment. For further information on the CIF see:

CCDB CIF Financial Statement 2013

CCDB CIF Financial Statements 2012


 

Charitable Bequests

Examination of summary forms received from the Probate Office supplying details of all charitable bequests.