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Association of Charitable Foundations

ACFACF (Association of Charitable Foundations) is the leading membership association for trusts and foundations in the UK with over 300 members ranging in size from small and local grant-makers to some of the world's largest foundations. Through our services to members we provide a framework in which trusts and foundations can learn from each other's experience, explore matters of common concern and achieve good practice in grant-making.

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the new independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland. The Commission is a non-departmental public body, established by Royal Assent in March 2009, to deliver the legislative requirements of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.  The Commission is sponsored by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and has a number of legal functions where it uses powers similar to those of the High Court.The Commission has a crucial role to play in the development of charities, enabling them to meet modern expectations and obligations. 

Community NI

Community NICommunity NI is the central resource for information, news and discussion on the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. It has been developed by the Northern Ireland Council for Volunatry Action (NICVA), with one core aim - the promotion of the voluntary and community sector.


CO3The mission of CO3 is to promote excellence in third sector leadership. They are a membership body for chief officers in the third sector, with almost 200 members who lead organisations across Northern Ireland’s third sector.

Disability Action

Disability ActionDisability Action works to ensure that people with disabilities attain their full rights as citizens, by supporting inclusion, influencing Government policy and changing attitudes in partnership with disabled people. They offer a range of services including Information & Policy, Employment and Training Support, Capacity Building, Training on Disability & Diversity Issues, Transport and Mobility Assessment, all aimed at improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.


NICVANICVA is an umbrella organisation, seeking to represent the interests of voluntary and community organisations throughout Northern Ireland. In its role as a voluntary sector development agency, NICVA acts as a catalyst to promote innovation and new approaches to the challenge of social need. They work for justice, equality and dignity throughout the society by promoting opportunities for community participation in the essential decisions that affect the lives of people in Northern Ireland. For information on grants available in Northern Ireland you can access the Northern Ireland Trust Group booklet by clicking here

Philanthropy Ireland

Philanthropy IrelandPhilanthropy Ireland is the Association of independent philanthropic organisations in Ireland, including grant making trusts and foundations. Established in 1998 as a voluntary and informal network called the Funders’ Forum, the organisation assumed a new legal structure in 2004 and changed its name to Philanthropy Ireland.

Volunteer Now

Volunteer NowVolunteer Now provide support to develop the opportunities and good practice that enhances the involvement and maximises the contribution of volunteers and aim to increase awareness of, and recognition for, the importance of volunteering as an expression of active citizenship. They seek to represent the interests of volunteering and volunteers through influencing policy, monitoring legislation and promotion of good practice.


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