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. Appointment of new charity trustee
2. Authorisation of disposition of lands held upon charitable trusts
i. Sale of charity property for full value
ii. Sale of charity property for less than full value
iii. Lease of charity property
iv. Surrender of a Lease of charity property
v. Mortgage of charity property
vi. Exchange of charity property
3. Framing of Schemes applying charity property Cy-Près (as near as possible to the intentions of the original donor)
4. Advice to trustees experiencing difficulty in administering a charitable trust
5. Compromise of claims by or against a charity
6. Framing of Schemes of Incorporation
7. Making of vesting Orders freeing charity property (from the operation of onerous covenants in leases in certain circumstances)
8. Sale of property under Residential Institutions Redress Act
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:
Examination of summary forms received from the Probate Office supplying details of all charitable bequests.