lightbody foundation community foundation northern ireland

Connecting people who care with causes that matter.

Inspiring Generosity

We advise individuals, families and businesses on giving, philanthropy and funding, helping you find the best way to support the issues and causes that inspire you.

The Lightbody Foundation

Achieving Impact

Our grants and programmes are accessible to those who need them, equipping and empowering the local community to create change.

Coronavirus Statement

We are aware of and understand the many challenges that people and organisations we fund and stakeholders we work with may be facing due to the Coronavirus. We want to be as supportive as we can be, adapt and play our part in responding to this ever-changing situation. That is why we’ve put processes in place to ensure we can continue to operate the Foundation as usual; and since March we have opened a number of Coronavirus Community Funds to support those most affected.

What We Do

In a society where everyone can prosper and live in peace; we encourage and support those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change.

40 Years of Inspiring Generosity

In 2019 we celebrated 40 years of connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 1979 we have awarded over £110 million in grants to individuals & local communities working to inspire generosity and achieve impact.

Coronavirus Statement

We are aware of and understand the many challenges that people and organisations we fund and stakeholders we work with may be facing due to the Coronavirus. We want to be as supportive as we can be, adapt and play our part in responding to this ever-changing situation. That is why we’ve put processes in place to ensure we can continue to operate the Foundation as usual; and since March we have opened a number of Coronavirus Community Funds to support those most affected.

What We Do

In a society where everyone can prosper and live in peace; we encourage and support those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change.

40 Years of Inspiring Generosity

In 2019 we celebrated 40 years of connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 1979 we have awarded over £110 million in grants to individuals & local communities working to inspire generosity and achieve impact.

Start A Fund

Setting up a fund through the Community Foundation is similar to having your own charitable trust but without the hassle of administration.

Our Impact

In the last 40 years, we have awarded over £100 million in grants to individuals & local communities.

Apply For A Grant

Find all our open grants here with details on the types of projects we support, who’s eligible and how to apply.

Gold for Techies in Residence in local awards

19 Oct 2021

Gold for Techies in Residence in local awards

We’re delighted that our Techies in Residence programme won the Gold award in the ‘not for profit‘  category at the recent Chartered Institute of Public…

Foundation News
Community Foundation achieves Quality Accreditation

7 Oct 2021

Community Foundation achieves Quality Accreditation

The fifth round of Quality Accreditation, launched in October 2020, is now complete. Over the past year, the Community Foundation has undergone an internal audit of its…

Foundation News
The Foundations first Irish fund awards £62,000

1 Oct 2021

The Foundations first Irish fund awards £62,000

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has awarded £61,910 to 46 community organisations across Northern Ireland through the Ultach Fund, to support them to use and…

Foundation News

In the last 40 years, we have awarded over £100 million in grants to individuals & local communities.

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is a local, independent charitable foundation. We help communities in need, drive social change and change lives through impactful grantmaking and delivering innovative programmes.

Supporting bespoke giving and providing philanthropic advice we are a trusted, secure means through which donors choose how, when and where to give and we provide a range of management and grant making services for charitable funds.

Donate Now

You can give us a one-off donation or set up a regular payment now through our official Just Giving page.

Our Partners

ARN Foundation Logo Lightbody Foundation Logo pears foundation logo Bank Of Ireland Logo Workwest Nationwide Building Society Logo IOD Northern Ireland Logo

Never miss an update

Join our mailing list and keep up to date with Foundation news.