Women’s Fund

  • Intro:

  • A giving circle where women give collectively in one-off and regular donations to support women, the Fund provides Individual Bursaries filling a gap in funding opportunities for women who require a small amount of financial aid to support them towards fulfilling their potential.

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Priorities:

  • Women aged 18 and over, living in Northern Ireland, who are striving to get into, or back into employment.

About the Fund

​The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland was established in March 2012. It aims to support women to overcome barriers preventing them from fulfilling their potential. By providing small bursaries to individuals, the Fund is assisting women from across Northern Ireland to create and develop new opportunities in their own lives, leading to a better life for themselves, their families and the wider community.

To date, we have raised over £65,000 and distributed over £31,000 in bursaries, that have enabled 73 women facing disadvantage and challenging personal circumstances to access opportunities to develop their potential and improve their quality of life. In addition, we have made over £21,400 in grants to 1 organisation to deliver projects benefiting 675 local women.


Donate to the Women’s Fund here.


Who can apply

​While not exclusive the Fund welcomes applications for bursaries that address the following;

  • Personal Development and confidence building
  • Overcoming barriers to employment or training
  • Making the first steps towards re-entering the workplace

​Priority will be given to applicants living in deprived/disadvantaged areas.

​Applicants must be women aged 18 and over, living in Northern Ireland, who are striving to get into or back into employment. Applicants will preferably be affiliated to a constituted community/women’s group and have the support of that organisation, however, if you are not you will still be eligible to apply.


Supporting the Fund

​We know that there is still much to do and that there are many more women the fund could help. When you see the difference that actually quite small amounts of input in terms of time and money can make, you see how a fund like this can change lives.

How you can help:

​If you would like to get involved get in touch with us at info@communityfoundationni.org or on 028 9024 5927.


​During the year the Women’s fund holds a number of profile raising and fundraising events. If you are interested in attending or holding one of these events please contact us.



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