The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s grant-making programme

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland delivers social change and supports voluntary and community action with intelligent giving.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s grant-making programme focuses on results. The Foundation’s priority is to maximise the difference grant funding can make within local communities. The portfolio of funds of the Foundation aim to tackle social exclusion, poverty and social injustice as our society emerges from conflict.
The grants’ strategy puts the emphasis on what difference each grant will make. The Foundation’s responsive grant-making seeks to support community initiatives that are well planned and that aim to build social capital, to grasp new opportunities and to promote evidence-based learning that can contribute to social justice outcomes.
 Self help initiatives that show they can effectively engage marginalised people are a priority. Projects that can increase learning and that can influence policy will receive particular attention. The Foundation acknowledges the broad spectrum of activity community development encapsulates and will consider each initiative on its merits.
The Foundation’s current priority funding areas include:
  • Projects that support self-help amongst minority groups affected by social need;
  • Projects that will increase inclusive and resilient communities;
  • Community environmental initiatives;
  • Work that enhances ageing actively;
  • Community-based Women’s projects that promote participation and well-being.
  • Initiatives that address rural isolation;
  • Projects that promote health and well-being by addressing specific issues;
  • Community arts that promote participation;
  • Sport as a vehicle for social inclusion;
  • Projects that work to enhance the involvement of marginalised groups of young people;

There are grants available which are open all year round and some with deadlines. To see if you are eligible visit

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.