The Lightbody Foundation Grant - Fund priorities are for special educational needs, mental health issues and mentoring for young people.

The Lightbody Foundation will make donations to 5 or 6 charities, twice a year. At this time, those charities will be based in Northern Ireland. The Foundation wishes to try and help some of those NI charities that are struggling in these tough times, as a result of a potential Brexit, and of no functioning government in Northern Ireland.  The Lightbody Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation to connect them with charities across Northern Ireland.

Funding Priorities

The Lightbody Foundation is seeking written proposals for projects supporting any of the following priorities:

  • Mental health

  • Children and adults with special needs

  • Activities to support adults with life challenges such as dementia

  • Activities to enable children and adults from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds access creative activities such as music

  • Engaging mentoring and support for young people and adults in creative activities

  • Sport

  • Cancer and disease research

The grant available will be £10,000 for each project supported.  They intend to support six charities.

The fund will focus on costs associated with a particular project, directly addressing one of the priorities above. This might include facilitation costs and sessional costs for projects.

Projects must not therefore be solely for ongoing operational and core costs, including salaries.

How to Apply

There is no formal application form, therefore proposals are limited to no more than 2 A4 pages, which must be submitted as a word document.

Template for submission of your proposal.

This will give them more of an idea of what you are doing, and help them make final decisions.

  • Name of main contact, including contact email

  • Organisation details, including address

  • Background to your organisation, including income levels, main priorities, some examples of previous work

  • Confirmation of eligibility

  • Potential projects details that you are seeking financial support for, including proposed budget of project, and what you will spend the £10,000 on

  • Details of how you fit at least one of the fund themes, and potential number of beneficiaries

  • Anything else you feel relevant that will add weight to your proposal

Proposals should be submitted by email, to Orla Black, Grants Director by Friday 20th September 2019 at 1pm.

Further information on eligibility, etc is available at

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail or call 028 9024 5927.