The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday

November 19th 2019 marks the 25th birthday of The National Lottery.

To celebrate this momentous milestone, and more than £40 billion that has been raised for good causes across the UK since 1994, The National Lottery family has thanked National Lottery players with a range of events across the UK.

Apply to #CelebrateNationalLottery25 now

We’re marking The National Lottery’s 25th birthday with a new fund for communities with great ideas to bring people together all over the UK.

We’re offering you the chance to receive a grant of between £100 and £1,000 to fund your ideas during The National Lottery’s 25th birthday year.

If you have an idea that will bring people together, we’d love to hear from you. The fund is open to applications right now and will close at 2pm on Friday 6 December.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, watch the fantastic animation by Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animations to find out about Dot, Paul, Nina, Viki, Jake and Jay’s ideas before applying.

Apply now

Enter the toolkit

As a grant holder you’ve made a real difference to people and places in your local community and play an enormous part in National Lottery history.

We want to ensure you have a role in these exciting celebrations too and can share your stories with the public. That's why we've created a toolkit to help you do that. It contains everything from ideas to images, key messages to social posts and logos to internal communications examples.

We'd like you to use the contents of the toolkit now on social media, your website, in printed material and any other way you like to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery helping ordinary people do extraordinary things.

Enter the toolkit

Celebrate with us

We would love you to tell us how you'll be celebrating on November 19th, share your National Lottery funding story with us or shine the light on someone connected to your project that's gone above and beyond to help your community thrive.

Share your story

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