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.
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.
In Cloughmills the Community Action Team received a grant to make their site more accessible for people with disabilities by upgrading their paths.
Bank of Ireland and the Community Foundation teamed up to give away £25,000 to the best technology innovations for community benefit this year. Our ‘Techies in Residence’ programme matched local charities with technology companies to build digital solutions for social benefit.
“Community Voice” builds on 40 years of experience at the Community Foundation and Building Change Trust to support new and innovative ways for communities to participate in decision making and provide an opportunity to bring strategic change across NI.
Street Soccer is a project recently supported by the Nationwide Fund.
"I cannot express how grateful I am to be have been granted money from The Women's Fund, I really would have struggled without the funding. The funding allowed me to complete a course I felt was crucial in developing my career path and gaining work as a Costume Maker"
‘Circle of Change’ a new fund set up by the Community Foundation brought together a diverse group of people with a shared desire for social justice including a company owner, a refugee, and a recently homeless woman.
Rostrevor Men’s Shed was set up to give local men a place to go to where they could work on a variety of projects, of their own choosing, in their own timescale, and didn’t involve meeting in a pub or sports club.
The programme aims to heighten awareness of the vast range of ‘non-traditional’ careers available and improve diversity and inclusion across industries such as construction where females are under-represented.
Each week our small hall is full of 70 - 80 older people all dancing together, going on great trips and meeting new people.
Cloughmills Community Action Team shared with us how they transformed an unused space into an area for everyone of all ages in the community to benefit from.