Notes for applicants to become a DFI Nominating Body (Updated 2015)

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(To be read in conjunction with ‘DFI Nominating Body’ - Application Form)


 DFI Nominating Body – Criteria

  1. The organisation must be a DFI Affiliate Organisation in good standing at the time of making the application or currently be a DFI ‘General Member’. The criteria for same is set out below.


  1. In determining suitability to become a “Nominating Body” the directors will have regard to the following:
    1. The commitment of the organisation to support those nominated by it to become DFI Company Members and to exercise their responsibilities to DFI as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association (see Article 2 (5)).
    2. The commitment of the organisation to advancing the objects of DFI (see Clause 2 Memorandum of Association).
    3. That the organisation is voluntary in terms of governance, has charity status and its sole and primary purpose must relate to the support and advancement of people with disabilities and disabling conditions as equal citizens.
    4. Each person nominated by the Nominating Body must consent in writing to becoming a Member of the Federation.
    5. Nominating Bodies will pay the administration and subscription fees that the Federation levies on the person nominated.
  2. The Board of the organisation must decide to apply for ‘Nominating Body’ status and a record of the decision from the minutes should be included with the application.


  1. The applying organisation may be asked to provide further supporting information.


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Criteria to become a DFI Affiliate Organisation

  1. It is expected that each voluntary disabled persons’ organisation be registered as a charity with the Revenue Commissioners and it should submit the following with their completed application form:
    • Rules / Constitution or in the case of a Limited Company, Memorandum and Articles of Association.
    • Relevant Minutes of Board / Council /Committee recording the decision to apply for Affiliated Organisation status.
    • Audited Accounts – for latest year available.
    • Annual Report – for latest year available.
    • Any other reports setting out progress towards achievement of its objects e.g. strategic and operational plans.
    • Completed application form.
  1. The DFI Board of Directors is authorised to consider the suitability of such applications (see Article 2 (2)) and to seek any further information and assurances as it deems necessary and in particular to ensure that any such applicant body is an appropriate one to promote the objectives of DFI.
  2. The organisation must be voluntary in terms of governance, have charity status and its sole and primary purpose must relate to the support and advancement of people with disabilities and disabling conditions as equal citizens.
  3. Each organisation, on being accepted as a DFI Affiliate is expected to participate in the work of the Federation and to work collaboratively and respectfully with other Affiliate Organisations and Associates in support of the objects of the Federation.
  4. Each Affiliate Organisation is expected to acknowledge publicly its membership of DFI.
  5. Furthermore each Affiliate Organisation will recognise the central role that voluntary disabled persons’ organisations play in advancing the representation and inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
  6. It will be expected that each organisation is continuously striving to achieve best practice in relation to the operation of the organisation and its range of services and activities, in keeping with the objects of DFI.
  7. Organisations are expected to routinely forward key documents to DFI such as annual reports and accounts, strategic and other plans agreed and any other documents relating to its overall work and focus.
  8. The organisation consents to filling out an annual/periodical questionnaire, and meet with DFI, if necessary, to provide relevant updates on the work of the organisation as a DFI Affiliate.
  9. Membership in no way confers an endorsement on the organisation in relation to the quality or otherwise of its services and activities.


Completed application form and supporting documentation to be returned to:

Chief Executive Officer,
Disability Federation of Ireland,
Fumbally Court,
Fumbally Lane,
Dublin 8

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