Over 30 years of community impact in Northern Ireland
Starting life in 1979 as the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is now into its fourth decade of delivering social change and supporting voluntary and community action with intelligent giving.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has spent the last four decades delivering innovative, challenging and impactful community development programmes - helping communities across Northern Ireland work to better their every day lives.
Our grant programme, which gave out over £700,000 in 2011-2012, gives grants to projects and community groups across the country. Grantees range from older people's groups hoping to reduce and eradicate elderly isolation to young people hoping to get a head start in a career in the arts. From large grants to help set up community centres or hire a new member of staff to small grants to simply help people pay for new clothes for a job interview - The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is helping to change lives.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is Northern Ireland's centre for philanthropy, with advice and services available for those people, whether they be financial advisors, institutions, charities or individuals, looking to invest funds in a philanthropic and tax-efficient way.
A Northern Ireland that is peaceful, equitable and values the contribution of local people and communities in achieving a shared and socially just society. It is also of a society that has the confidence to be internally diverse while externally outward looking.
Our mission is to inspire and enable accessible philanthropy for public good, maximising opportunities for individuals and communities that experience both need and marginalisation to realise their potential and to contribute to and enjoy a more peaceful and enhanced quality of life, now and in the future.
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