We are transparent about our funding sources. We ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions that we reach in our fact-checked claim articles. The professional background of all our key figures can be reviewed on our Personnel page. Anyone can contact us at info@factcheckni.org; we will respond to all messages received.

The Northern Ireland Foundation, a registered non-profit company with charitable status, is the lead organisation for the FactCheckNI project, in partnership with Transformative Connections.

Project funds come from charitable trusts, statutory bodies, and individual donations. None contribute to our editorial policy nor influence what we fact-check.

The project costs mainly cover paying for staff (a manager and writers) and training services (trainers). Some overhead costs are absorbed by the Northern Ireland Foundation and ESPA UK (which provides complimentary office space).

For the last financial period ended March 2018, project costs were £19,212.

You can review our filings at Company House here.


Building Change Trust is a charitable trust, whose aim includes making a high quality impact practice the norm for charities and social enterprises. It does this through developing and delivering programmes, over several thematic areas, including civic thinking.

The Northern Ireland Foundation received £78,750 from Building Change Trust’s Civic Activism Programme, which was the main source of funding for the project from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018 (when the programme award ended).

On 1 April 2018, we were awarded a grant of 208,740 euros (c. £181,056) from the Horizon 2020 Programme at the European Commission. FactCheckNI is a full partner organisation of a research and development project — Co-Inform — led by Stockholm University. The Co-Inform project aims to create socio-technical solutions with citizens, journalists, and policymakers. The Co-Inform project runs from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021.

In 2017, we raised £100 from individual donations via a crowdfunding campaign. We are grateful to these donors, demonstrating their financial support in our first year of operation.

We encourage individuals to help us write more fact-checked claims by donating to FactCheckNI.

Practical support

Complimentary office space has been provided by ESPA UK, which provides high quality work placements for EU students. We remain grateful to Colin and Madeline Blackburn for giving us a home in Belfast.

We are always thankful for all of the interns and volunteers who give us their time and dedication. In particular, we wish to express our appreciation to Bryan Patten (Director, Washington-Ireland Program), for encouraging some outstanding young people to devote their energy for us.

And to all our readers, Facebook likers, and Twitter retweeters, you help bring FactCheckNI alive — thank you!