Awards for Destitute Asylum Seekers

13 Nov 2020

Awards for Destitute Asylum Seekers

Although it’s impossible to know the exact number, NICRAS reports Northern Ireland to have around 50 individuals at any one time who are destitute because of their asylum…

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Covid and Grantmaking

3 Nov 2020

Covid and Grantmaking

Covid and Grantmaking In the first of our podcasts, we caught up with Orla, the Foundation’s grants director and Jane, a Trustee of the Foundation to hear about how the…

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How Rosie’s Trust has been keeping owners and pets together during lockdown

17 Sep 2020

How Rosie’s Trust has been keeping owners and pets together during lockdown

In response to coronavirus and the changing needs within communities, our Coronavirus Funds have awarded over £4 million to nearly 1,000 communities throughout Northern…

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Techies in Residence calls for tech professionals

11 Sep 2020

Techies in Residence calls for tech professionals

The Community Foundation’s Techies in Residence programme, which matches charities and social enterprises in Northern Ireland with digital technology partners, is now…

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Allegri community-based arts & culture initiative brings music into lockdown 

26 Aug 2020

Allegri community-based arts & culture initiative brings music into lockdown 

Covid-19 has impacted on all of us, including the enriching interactions and activities we previously took for granted and for many have disappeared from their lives.  …

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103 Communities across NI supported with New Needs

19 Aug 2020

103 Communities across NI supported with New Needs

Our  New Needs Fund was set up to support communities to respond better and address new needs appearing in the community as a result of the Coronavirus. With restrictions…

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Techies In Residence Youth app helping young people tackle COVID-19 self-isolation

7 Aug 2020

Techies In Residence Youth app helping young people tackle COVID-19 self-isolation

A mobile app to support teens and young adults with arthritis self-isolating in the wake of COVID-19 has been launched by the charity Versus Arthritis. The development of…

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Techies In Residence Information Sessions Available

7 Aug 2020

Techies In Residence Information Sessions Available

If a tech solution could help your community build on their potential or empower you to reach your ambitions this programme could be for you.    Techies in Residence…

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‘Philanthropy for a safe, healthy and just world‘

31 Jul 2020

‘Philanthropy for a safe, healthy and just world‘

Dawn Shackels, Director of Peace-building and Communities at the Community Foundation Northern Ireland. (This article was originally published by Foundations for Peace)…

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£700,000 Comic Relief Fund Supporting Communities to Rebuild 

22 Jul 2020

£700,000 Comic Relief Fund Supporting Communities to Rebuild 

As we rebuild towards a “New Normal” the Community Foundation and Comic Relief are mindful of the many issues that need to be addressed along our recovery journey. Many…

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First round of New Needs Funding awarded to sixteen groups

10 Jul 2020

First round of New Needs Funding awarded to sixteen groups

In response to coronavirus and the changing needs within communities, our New Needs Fund awarded £85,000 to sixteen communities throughout Northern Ireland this week. …

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New Needs Fund Now Open

29 Jun 2020

New Needs Fund Now Open

Community Foundation launches a £600,000 New Needs Fund helping communities and community organisations to address new needs appearing as a result of coronavirus.  …

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Techies in Residence launches ‘Design Hops’ to support VCSE Sector online

26 Jun 2020

Techies in Residence launches ‘Design Hops’ to support VCSE Sector online

The Community Foundation has today, 26th June 2020, announced a new approach to its 5th round of Techies in Residence, an innovative programme which matches local charities…

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Supporting Carers Week with Comic Relief

16 Jun 2020

Supporting Carers Week with Comic Relief

Nicole Downes is a full-time career to her sons Levi, 8 and Jamie, 5 who both have autism. She also has another son, Gabriel who is one.   After her son Levi’s…

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360 Giving Data

29 May 2020

360 Giving Data

Coronavirus Community Fund Update Opened 15th March 1,015 applications received £1.68 Million awarded to groups Over 515 groups supported Through the Coronavirus…

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No Child Goes Hungry With comic Relief

20 May 2020

No Child Goes Hungry With comic Relief

Comic Relief awards £17,000 to support families with young children with food provisions in NI. In partnership with the Community Foundation, Comic Relief funding is…

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Coronavirus Foundation Update

1 May 2020

Coronavirus Foundation Update

Coronavirus Community Fund Update Opened 15th March 1,016 applications received  £1.68 Million awarded to groups  Over 515 groups supported View groups here.   So…

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Comic Relief supports ‘No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme’.

30 Apr 2020

Comic Relief supports ‘No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme’.

Comic Relief and the Community Foundation respond to child hunger in Northern Ireland as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. Through the Children Surviving and Thriving…

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Communities Achieving Impact 

30 Apr 2020

Communities Achieving Impact 

We’re delighted to have awarded over £1,000,000 in funding from our Coronavirus Community Fund. In just four weeks nearly 300 local communities who are doing amazing…

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McCall Social Care Fund Now Open 

28 Apr 2020

McCall Social Care Fund Now Open 

The McCall Social Care Fund established by the McCall Foundation, in partnership with The Community Foundation and Department for Communities opens today. The fund has been…

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£21m is not enough – Andrew’s advice to charity CEO’s 

27 Apr 2020

£21m is not enough – Andrew’s advice to charity CEO’s 

It’s now two weeks since the UK Chancellor announced £750m of extra funding for frontline charities across the UK and we’re hoping to hear shortly what that…

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Giving in response to Covid19? Do it ….. but just take a minute to answer 3 questions 

23 Apr 2020

Giving in response to Covid19? Do it ….. but just take a minute to answer 3 questions 

Taking a minute is something we’ve all done more of recently. As life as we know it has changed we’ve had to stop and think about what to do, how to cope, our family…

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The Lightbody Foundation supports vulnerable people affected by Coronavirus

22 Apr 2020

The Lightbody Foundation supports vulnerable people affected by Coronavirus

The Lightbody Foundation set up by Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody has donated £30,000 to support the most vulnerable groups affected by Coronavirus. The £30,000…

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Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund grows to over £1 million after three weeks of launching

15 Apr 2020

Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund grows to over £1 million after three weeks of launching

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has awarded £622k to over 245 community groups supporting people of all ages and at increased risk as a result of the virus,…

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Minister announces funding supporting the Coronavirus Community Fund

9 Apr 2020

Minister announces funding supporting the Coronavirus Community Fund

DAERA Minister, Edwin Poots MLA today announced that he will provide £200,000 towards the ‘Coronavirus Community Fund’. The Community Foundation fund, which opened on…

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Bank of Ireland donate €150,000 to  the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund 

3 Apr 2020

Bank of Ireland donate €150,000 to  the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund 

Bank of Ireland have donated €150,000 in support of local charities and community organisations assisting vulnerable individuals and groups through challenges faced by…

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The Community Foundation receives £100,000 from National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

30 Mar 2020

The Community Foundation receives £100,000 from National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has announced the first allocation of nearly £2.5m going out to front line charities to help those most in need. £100,000 of the…

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ARN Foundation contributes an additional £100,000 to the Coronavirus Community Fund 

28 Mar 2020

ARN Foundation contributes an additional £100,000 to the Coronavirus Community Fund 

The Community Foundation welcomed an additional contribution of £100,000 from the ARN Foundation today, funding which is much needed in Northern Ireland . The ARN…

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Communities rally together to offer support to the vulnerable 

26 Mar 2020

Communities rally together to offer support to the vulnerable 

In just three weeks the Coronavirus Community Fund has reached a total of £1 million! Awarding over 245 community groups and awarded over £624,000 to groups seeking to…

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Community Foundation broadens criteria for Coronavirus Community Fund 

25 Mar 2020

Community Foundation broadens criteria for Coronavirus Community Fund 

Adapting to what we’ve been hearing from groups on the ground, other funders in NI and the changing daily challenges presented by Covid19, the Community Foundation will…

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A note from our CEO

24 Mar 2020

A note from our CEO

Like everyone, my life is currently dominated by background noise of uncertainty and fear. It’s completely daunting. I’ve just spent 30 minutes reading through the…

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£200,000 for the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund

20 Mar 2020

£200,000 for the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund

The Community Foundation are delighted to be working with the Department for Communities. Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA, has announced that she is providing…

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Ulster Garden Villages Limited match fund the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community fund 

20 Mar 2020

Ulster Garden Villages Limited match fund the Community Foundation Coronavirus Community fund 

The Community Foundation are delighted to receive this first major contribution from Ulster Garden Villages to their recently launched Coronavirus Community Fund.  This…

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Community Foundation launches Coronavirus Community Fund

15 Mar 2020

Community Foundation launches Coronavirus Community Fund

Joining the wave of generosity that the coronavirus is provoking from communities across Northern Ireland, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has opened a fund…

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Coronavirus Statement

15 Mar 2020

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…

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Funding new solutions to real world social, economic and environmental challenges

14 Mar 2020

Funding new solutions to real world social, economic and environmental challenges

This week we completed our latest Community Innovators programme with 18 groups pitching for a share of £140,000 of seed funding. The teams presented their ideas and…

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£4,000 of Christmas Giving through the Destitute Asylum Seekers Fund

20 Dec 2019

£4,000 of Christmas Giving through the Destitute Asylum Seekers Fund

In the spirit of giving in December 2019 we awarded £4,000 to eight individuals who are destitute because of their asylum status in Northern Ireland. The awards helped to…

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Community Foundation for Northern Ireland celebrates 40th anniversary on ‘Giving Tuesday’ with £40K giveaway

6 Dec 2019

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland celebrates 40th anniversary on ‘Giving Tuesday’ with £40K giveaway

Christmas has come early for over 40 older people’s groups, through a bumper £40K giveaway announced at the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s anniversary…

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Comic Relief awards open for funding as eight charities in Northern Ireland receive a grant  

14 Nov 2019

Comic Relief awards open for funding as eight charities in Northern Ireland receive a grant  

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has been appointed by Comic Relief to make funding available to voluntary and community groups supporting children in NI to…

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Monday morning at 10am we have six grants opening!

30 Oct 2019

Monday morning at 10am we have six grants opening!

Are you ready? We have six grants opening on Monday 4th November at 10am for your community to avail of.    Pears Foundation Community Spaces   Comic Relief –…

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People Powered Change is the focus as new Civic Innovation Programme Launches

22 Oct 2019

People Powered Change is the focus as new Civic Innovation Programme Launches

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is launching an ambitious Civic Innovation programme to support initiatives that put people at the centre of decision-making…

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Navigator Financial Planning celebrate 15th Birthday with a donation to the local community

18 Oct 2019

Navigator Financial Planning celebrate 15th Birthday with a donation to the local community

In celebration of 15 successful years in business the partners and staff at Navigator Financial Planning invited guests and clients to Cultra Manor, Holywood earlier this…

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Community Innovators announces second burst of funding! 

16 Oct 2019

Community Innovators announces second burst of funding! 

Have you got an idea to overcome a challenge in your community?  Our Community Innovators is a programme which supports you to find lasting solutions to challenges within…

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IFA partner with the Community Foundation to open new Inclusive Clubs Fund

8 Oct 2019

IFA partner with the Community Foundation to open new Inclusive Clubs Fund

The Community Foundation is delighted to announce a new partnership with the IFA supporting them with their new Inclusive Clubs Programme.  The Inclusive Clubs Programme…

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Community Innovators Programme Is Back!

21 Aug 2019

Community Innovators Programme Is Back!

The Community Foundation is delighted to announce that a fresh cycle of our unique Community Innovators Programme, delivered in partnership with WorkWest, will open for…

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Gary Lightbody Launches The Lightbody Foundation

1 Jul 2019

Gary Lightbody Launches The Lightbody Foundation

Gary Lightbody, lead singer with the popular indie rock band Snow Patrol, has announced the launch of The Lightbody Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation…

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Techies in Residence Pitch for £25,000 Seed Fund

25 Jun 2019

Techies in Residence Pitch for £25,000 Seed Fund

Techies in Residence is a programme of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, delivered in partnership with Innovate NI and funded by Comic Relief. It was launched…

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Local Housing Causes Benefit From £500,000 As Nationwide Grant Opens

5 Jun 2019

Local Housing Causes Benefit From £500,000 As Nationwide Grant Opens

Local community housing projects and charities are being urged to put their case forward as Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, makes £500,000 available to…

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£840,000 Comic Relief Fund Now Opened!

5 Jun 2019

£840,000 Comic Relief Fund Now Opened!

Over the next two years we will be investing £84,000 of support from Comic Relief to the voluntary sector and community groups across four strategic areas: Children…

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Bank of Ireland and the Community Foundation partner to fund Tech for Good innovations

3 Jun 2019

Bank of Ireland and the Community Foundation partner to fund Tech for Good innovations

Bank of Ireland and the Community Foundation are teaming up to fund £25,000 to the best technology innovations for community benefit at a public event on 11th June in…

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Coming Soon – Nationwide Building Society Grants of up to £50,000

24 May 2019

Coming Soon – Nationwide Building Society Grants of up to £50,000

The Community Foundation will soon launch the Nationwide Grant scheme for 2019, to support housing and homeless projects – two of the most challenging issues facing…

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Launch of Pears Community Spaces Fund

23 May 2019

Launch of Pears Community Spaces Fund

The Community Foundation has launched a new fund in partnership with Pears Foundation, focused on encouraging and developing greater understanding between people of…

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Community Foundation announces £880,000 Comic Relief fund for Northern Ireland

8 May 2019

Community Foundation announces £880,000 Comic Relief fund for Northern Ireland

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has been appointed by Comic Relief to make £880,000 of funding available to voluntary sector and community groups here over…

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INNOVATIVE NEW FUND RAISES £45K FOR CHARITY First European trial of unique fundraising platform, Circle of Change, in Belfast hailed ‘a success.’

19 Apr 2019

INNOVATIVE NEW FUND RAISES £45K FOR CHARITY First European trial of unique fundraising platform, Circle of Change, in Belfast hailed ‘a success.’

The ‘Circle of Change’ a new fund set up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has brought together a diverse group of people with a shared desire for social…

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‘Techies in Residence’ project, uHub, launches first of kind mental health app

1 Apr 2019

‘Techies in Residence’ project, uHub, launches first of kind mental health app

Following successful completion of the Techies in Residence programme, uHub Therapy Centre in Bangor is launching a new mental health website to help those at risk and…

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Funding advice and grants for Belfast based organisations working with the homeless

22 Mar 2019

Funding advice and grants for Belfast based organisations working with the homeless

The Community Foundation will be holding one to one advice clinics on April 11th and 16th for organisations working with the homeless and eligible to apply to the Oak Fund,…

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Newry Woman’s Legacy lives on through £16,000 grants to community organisations

13 Mar 2019

Newry Woman’s Legacy lives on through £16,000 grants to community organisations

The Ann McGeeney Charitable Trust which was established to support women working on peace building in and across communities throughout Ireland, is open for 2019 fund…

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Community Innovators Programme opens for applications with three promotional workshops in Belfast, Newry and Omagh

26 Feb 2019

Community Innovators Programme opens for applications with three promotional workshops in Belfast, Newry and Omagh

Our Community Innovators Programme, has reopened for applications from organisations focused on health and wellbeing. With three promotional taster workshops taking place…

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Techies in Residence – Call for techies!

1 Feb 2019

Techies in Residence – Call for techies!

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Techies in Residence Programme is looking for the best tech talent to help deliver a series of game changing ‘tech for…

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New fund rewrites the rule book on giving!

1 Feb 2019

New fund rewrites the rule book on giving!

A new fund set up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has brought together a diverse group of people with a shared desire for social justice including a…

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Change Something Fund awards £50,000 in funding

14 Jan 2019

Change Something Fund awards £50,000 in funding

26 groups from across the Derry City & Strabane District Council area have been awarded a total of £50k funding to help ‘Make.Change.Happen’ through a series of…

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New ‘Change Something Fund’ judging panel announced

3 Oct 2018

New ‘Change Something Fund’ judging panel announced

A new judging panel made up of 13-24 year olds who will take decisions on the funding of young people’s projects throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council…

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Techies in Residence to continue in 2019 with support from Comic Relief and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland!

25 Sep 2018

Techies in Residence to continue in 2019 with support from Comic Relief and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland!

Paul Braithwaite, Building Change Trust Programme leader looks ahead to an exciting future for the Techies in Residence Programme as a group which has already been through…

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NI women set to benefit from share of £3.4 million UK Tampon Tax Fund

25 Sep 2018

NI women set to benefit from share of £3.4 million UK Tampon Tax Fund

The Community Foundation is set to deliver a share of the UK Tampon Tax Fund to women in Northern Ireland and has opened a new fund to benefit women here. Grants of between…

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Women’s Fund for NI Golf Day

31 Aug 2018

Women’s Fund for NI Golf Day

The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland is encouraging people to take part in its Golf Day on 21st September to help it continue its work supporting women across NI. The…

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Community Foundation and Deep RiverRock team up in new funding campaign for community groups!

29 Aug 2018

Community Foundation and Deep RiverRock team up in new funding campaign for community groups!

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland are thrilled to be working alongside Deep RiverRock on their new Thirst For Better campaign. In this campaign, Deep RiverRock…

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