Are you a necessitous member of the Protestant community?

You are required to supply a “Verification of religion” form as part of your SEC grant application.


Verification of religion2023-11-08T10:35:06+00:00

To receive a grant, your child must be verified by a minister as a member of an eligible Protestant/ Reformed denomination.

Download the form HERE have it signed by your minister and submit it with your documents.

You need to provide a signed Verification of Religion form if:

  • One or more of your children are starting 1st year in an SEC school in September 2024 (even if you applied last year for different children)
  • One or more of your children are entering Senior cycle (4th or 5th year) in September 2024 (even if you applied last year)
  • If you have one or more children moving to an SEC school, into any school year (even if you applied last year for a different child)
  • If you are a first time applicant

The signed version will be required in Step 3: Document Submission.

This form must be signed in the presence of your clergyperson/minister.

If your parish is currently vacant we will accept forms signed by:

Church of Ireland – visiting clergyperson or Archdeacon

Presbyterian Church – Convenor

Write the denomination of your child e.g. Baptist, RCCG etc. Do not write Protestant.

Both parents, if applicable, must sign the form.

If you are a minister of religion and applying to the grant for your child/ren you cannot sign the verification of religion as a witness. The Verification of Religion must be witnessed by another minister of religion.

List of eligible denominations & churches2024-03-26T17:39:31+00:00


Church of Ireland
Quaker Society of Friends

A – B

Acts Community Church
All Nations Church
Apostolic Church (Peoples Church)
Apostolic Faith Mission Praise Tabernacle
Assemblies of God
Barrow Valley Community Church
Betania Church


Calvary Christian Centre
Calvary Chapel Sligo
Chinese Gospel Church of Dublin
Christ Apostolic Church in Ireland
Christ Embassy Church
Christ Glory Ministries
Church of Pentecost
Connect Church (formerly Living Word Church)
Cootehill Christian Fellowship
Cornerstone Christian Church
Cork Church

D – E

Dublin Vineyard Church
Dublin West Community Church
Dun Laoghaire Evangelical Church
Dundalk Community Church
Elim Church
Ennis Evangelical Church
Elevate Community Church

G – H

God Evangelical and Miracle Mission
Good News Christian Church
Gospel Faith Mission International (The Overcomers)
Grace Church Cork
Grace Family International Church Carlow
Grace Fellowship
Hill City Church, The Compassion Centre
Hope and Glory Christian Ministries
House on the Rock Church

K – N

Kells Christian Centre
Kingdom Dominion Christian Church
Life and Peace Gospel Ministry
Mallow Street Christian Fellowship
Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church
Mercy Christian Fellowship Revival Centre
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries
Mullingar Christian Fellowship
New Life Christian Centre
New Life International Ministries

R – S

Radical Life Christian Church
Rathmines Gospel Hall
Redeemed Christian Church of God
Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Rock of Ages Cherubim and Seraphim Church
Sanctuary of Salvation Christian Church
Seventh Day Adventist
Shalom Christian Fellowship
Solid Rock Church of God
South City Church
St. Catherine’s Church (Core)
St. Mark’s Church

T – Z

The Bridge Church (Celbridge)
The Bridge Christian Community (Arklow)
The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM)
The Salvation Army
Trinity Church Network
Unitarian Church
Victory Christian Fellowship
Winners Chapel aka Living Faith Church
Wisdom Christian Centre
Word International Ministries
Word of Life Church
Zion Family Christian Church

My Church is not listed here?

If your church is a Protestant or Reformed church and is not listed here, please email and request a Recognition Form. Your church’s minister will then be able to apply for recognition. Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the Religion Sub-Committee of the SEC board. Grant applications will not be processed unless the church is recognised.

Guidance for ministers2022-09-16T00:25:24+00:00

The religion is verified by the minister of the applicant’s church. The SEC is grateful to ministers for their support in completing this essential part of the grant application process.

The SEC recognises that different denominations have different understandings of what constitutes ‘membership’. Various denominations base ‘membership’ on baptism, confirmation, communicant status, church attendance or regularity of attendance, and others. The SEC has no definition of membership of its own, and requests that ministers apply whatever understandings of membership is commonly or canonically used in your church.

The SEC may contact ministers to confirm the verification of an applicant’s religion and recommends that ministers keep a record of all forms that they have signed. Signing forms is entirely at the discretion of a minister. If a minister has any questions on the SEC grants process and the verification of religion they can email