National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund, legally named the Big Lottery Fund,[1] is a non-departmental public body responsible for distributing funds raised by the National Lottery for "good causes". Since 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to more than 130,000 projects in the UK.[2]

Big Lottery Fund
Non-departmental public body overview
Formed1 June 2004 (2004-06-01)
Preceding Non-departmental public body
  • Community Fund and New Opportunities Fund
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
HeadquartersLondon, EC4
United Kingdom
Non-departmental public body executive

The Community Fund aims to support projects which help communities and people it considers most in need. Over 80 per cent of its funds go to voluntary and community organisations, it also makes grants to statutory bodies, local authorities and social enterprises.

The fund makes grants to projects working in health, education and the environment and the charitable sector. It funds projects in line with objectives set by the government but does not fund services which other parts of government have a statutory responsibility to deliver.

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