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 From Now

This year we celebrate 40 years of connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since we began we have awarded over £100 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 From Now

This year we celebrate 40 years of connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since we began we have awarded over £100 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.

Philanthropy Fortnight 2021 celebrating the outburst of generosity during a pandemic 

5 May 2021

Philanthropy Fortnight 2021 celebrating the outburst of generosity during a pandemic 

As one of the most charitable and generous regions in the UK, Northern Ireland is set to celebrate the positive impact of philanthropic giving in our community.  During…

Foundation News
New Community Investment Fund launching soon

4 May 2021

New Community Investment Fund launching soon

New Community Investment Fund launching, with support from Bank of Ireland UK, Community Giving Fund.   We are excited to be launching a new Micro-Community Investment…

Foundation News
A century on – ‘my space’, ‘your space’ or ‘our space’ 

4 May 2021

A century on – ‘my space’, ‘your space’ or ‘our space’ 

By Michael Hughes  As we move towards some of the pivotal dates in the centenary of the formation of Northern Ireland (including 3rd May when one hundred years ago it was…

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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