Ageing Better

About The National Lottery Community Fund

Ageing Better

When people are in the lead, communities thrive.

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We listen, collaborate and fund so that good things happen.

That’s why we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players across the UK.

Find out how to apply for funding

Rosemount Lifelong Learning
Rosemount Lifelong Learning

In 2017/18 we awarded over £500 million, and 90% of our grants were under £10,000

National Lottery funding

The National Lottery raises money for good causes.

People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket, you help make this happen.

Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and National Lottery funding is there for everyone.

There are 12 distributors of money raised by the players of The National Lottery, which fund projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage, and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture.

Dawn Austwick, CEO
Dawn Austwick, CEO

We reached nearly 10 million people with our funding last year

Our structure

We are a distributor of National Lottery funding, established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament.

The National Lottery Community Fund is governed by a board. The board is responsible for setting the Fund’s long-term strategy and key policies, and making sure that it’s run in an effective and efficient way. It delegates the day-to-day running of the organisation to the chief executive and her senior management team.

The chief executive and her senior management team are responsible for delivering the strategy and policies set by the board. They oversee the day-to-day running of the Fund.

Our work is divided into five portfolios, covering funding across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and the UK as a whole.

We have teams all over the UK who are the main point of contact for communities. They work with people to develop ideas and create opportunities for groups to come together.

Learn about our structure and how we’re governed

Our Corporate Plan outlines the number of grants we will make over the next two years, highlighting our key performance indicators.

Read our Corporate Plan 2019-21

Our name

On the 29 January 2019 the Big Lottery Fund became known as The National Lottery Community Fund. This new brand name clearly shows what we do and who we do it for, positioning us as part of The National Lottery family.

Our new brand name does not change our legal status and we remain a corporate body created by and operating under the National Lottery etc Act 1993 as amended. Our legal name also remains the Big Lottery Fund, being the name set out in the National Lottery Act 2006.