Our Impact

Our Impact

We have awarded over £110 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.

In the past two years we have...


Awarded £12.8 million in funding

Supported over 2,000 local communities

1 in 3 benefit from our funding in Northern Ireland

Grants awarded by year:

Grants Awarded

2020 - 2021

Grants Awarded

2019 - 2020

Grants Awarded


Grants Awarded


Grants Awarded


Impact we've made

Techies in Residence group brings Perinatal Mental Health to the forefront

Centred Soul joined our Techies in Residence programme seeking to overcome the stigma attached to perinatal mental health illness by creating a confidential online environment to connect those marginalised by the stigma and enable them to communicate with each other openly, in a safe environment.

Growing Food, Growing Community Project

Idir sráid agus stát: From Street to State

Building a unified society

NI Chest Heart and Stroke


Young Enterprise Northern Ireland

Aurora Counselling

Linking Generations

The Money Advice Support Programme

Advice NI champions the need for advice services so people can improve their quality of life by accessing their rights and entitlements.

Access Whatever Online – AWOL App

Foyle Parents and Friends supports people with learning disabilities and their families improving their quality of life supporting them to lead full and meaningful lives.

A digital platform offering support to bereaved families

Our Future Foyle delivered through City Centre Initiative, is an innovative cultural intervention within the riverside public realm driven by a community need to respond to the growing concern over mental health. Its intention is to grow a social movement to transform the mindset and negative view of the River Foyle.

Leading change around Participation and the Practice of Rights

Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) joined our Techies in Residence programme in 2019 to lead change surrounding the inadequate provision of affordable housing in NI which generates poor living conditions and homelessness.

Proud and Include Youth trail transitions service in online app

Include Youth and Proud approached Techies in Residence to move this transition service to a technological platform ensuring access to information whenever and wherever people need it.


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

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.

Street Soccer

Street Soccer is a project recently supported by the Nationwide Fund.

The Women’s Fund supporting Jude

"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’

‘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

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.

Redrock Development Association

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 Garden

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.

Who to speak to

Orla Black

Grants Director

Orla Black

Grants Director

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