The National Lottery Community Fund


The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of Lottery money to good causes. We are responsible for distributing 40% of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery. This totals around £600 million each year.
Since June 2004 the Big Lottery Fund has awarded over £6bn to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 80-90% of our funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations.
We deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK.
The Big Lottery Fund also distributes non-Lottery funding on behalf of public bodies such as the Department for Education and the Office for Civil Society.


To bring improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

Geographic Focus

United Kingdom wide

Programme Areas

The Big Lottery Fund brings together the objectives of the Community Fund, a provider of funding for charities and the voluntary and community sectors, and the New Opportunities Fund, which provides funding for health, education and environment projects. The fund takes over the Millennium Commission’s role in supporting large-scale regeneration projects. Half of the funding that the Lottery raises for good causes – currently around £600 million each year – will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund.

Programme areas include the following:

• Community learning and creating opportunity
• Promoting community safety and cohesion
• Promoting well-being

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