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.

Over £500,000 allocated to charities in Northern Ireland

15 Jun 2022

Over £500,000 allocated to charities in Northern Ireland

RTÉ Toy Show Appeal –  over £500,000 allocated to charities in Northern Ireland Over 1.1 million children and families across the island of Ireland to benefit from…

Fund & Grant News
Philanthropy Fortnight 2022 set to celebrate generosity

9 Jun 2022

Philanthropy Fortnight 2022 set to celebrate generosity

Every year the Community Foundation for NI continues to be amazed at the generosity of individuals, families and business in Northern Ireland. As one of the most charitable…

Foundation News
Welcome boost to services for Older People in Carrickfergus

9 Jun 2022

Welcome boost to services for Older People in Carrickfergus

Over £8,000 has been awarded to local groups in the Carrickfergus area aimed at boosting services supporting older people the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and…

Fund & Grant 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

UK Community Foundations logo 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.