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Who We Are

The Organisation

Development Trusts NI is a member-led organisation with a board of directors drawn from its membership and a small staff team. We are committed to remaining small at the centre, preferring to utilise the strengths and skills of our members to help deliver the development work of the organisation.

Key Partners

We have a close working relationship with our sister organisations Locality, DTA Scotland and DTA Wales - a UK wide network with over 450 members. All full members of DTNI automatically receive membership of the UK-wide association. We also work closely with a number of other community networks.


DTNI was funded initially through the Building Change Trust for the following objectives:

  • raise awareness of Community Asset Transfer, highlighting benefits and risks;
  • influence current policy and practice in Northern Ireland;
  • disseminate learning and expertise from England, Scotland and Wales.

DTNI is currently the third sector partner to the Department for Communities in the delivery of its CAT policy and receives 80% of its funding from DfC to that end.

The remaining 20% is derived from philanthropy and charitable trusts for the delivery of stand-alone projects; specifically the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust for delivery of the NI Community Rights Act research project, and the Friends Provident Foundation for delivery of the Creating Resilient Local Economies project.


Development Trusts NI was established in 2010. Northern Ireland registered Charity No. XT27682



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