You must choose a structure for your charity, which will affect things like:
- who runs the charity
- how the charity is run
- what the charity can do, for example employ people or own property
There are 4 common charity structures.
Your charitable companies will have to be limited by guarantees rather than shares when you register. Select ‘private company limited by guarantee’ on the form.
It will cost £40 to register.
Trustees have limited or no liability for a charitable company’s debts or liabilities.
How to apply
Fill in the form to register a charitable company with Companies House.
You may also need:
Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
A CIO is an incorporated structure designed for charities. You create a CIO by registering with the Charity Commission. You don’t need to register with Companies House.
Trustees have limited or no liability for CIO debts or liabilities.
A ‘charitable trust’ is a way for a group of people (‘trustees’) to manage assets such as money, investments, land or buildings.
Unincorporated charitable association
An ‘unincorporated charitable association’ is a simple way for a group of volunteers to run a charity for a common purpose.
Unincorporated charitable associations can’t employ staff or own premises.