Fair Share Trust

Parts of the UK missed out on Lottery funding. Fair Share has been helping to change that

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisation
Funding size
£5,000 - £250,000
Total available
Application deadline

This programme is now closed

What’s it all about?

Some parts of the UK missed out on Lottery funding in the past.

Fair Share helped to change that.

The Fair Share Trust was a £50 million trust providing sustained funding in Fair Share areas until 2013. The Community Foundation Network was the sole UK trustee and appointed delivery agents in each of the Fair Share areas. Selected neighbourhoods in each area received targeted support from these agents, and local people got the opportunity to make decisions on where the funding went.

Targeted at 77 areas, Fair Share was the first joint initiative from the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund - which merged as The National Lottery Community Fund. The Fair Share Trust was the final strand of the initiative.

The Fair Share Trust aimed to:

  • Build Capacity and Sustainability by involving local communities in decision-making about Lottery funding.
  • Build Social Capital by building links within and between communities to promote trust and participation.
  • Improve liveability by improving the living environment for communities.

Projects can be solicited or commissioned by the Local Agent or developed as a partnership bid, but the programme is generally not intended to be an open grants programme.

Find out more at the Fair Share Trust website.