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.

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.

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.

£1.87 million of funding to support cancer charities  

9 Dec 2022

£1.87 million of funding to support cancer charities  

The Community Foundation has announced the allocation of nearly £2m in funding through the Cancer Support Fund, established by The Department of Health last year. This is…

Foundation News
Cookstown schools to get a boost with new McAleer fund

7 Dec 2022

Cookstown schools to get a boost with new McAleer fund

Two Tyrone schools, Cookstown High School and Holy Trinity School are to get a welcome boost from the newly created Seamus McAleer fund.   The fund, established by…

Foundation News
Celebrating 10 Years of the Acorn Giving Circle!

1 Dec 2022

Celebrating 10 Years of the Acorn Giving Circle!

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the members of the Acorn Giving Circle as you celebrate this 10 year milestone. Throughout your time you have supported a…

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.

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