Big Lottery Fund
Fingers crossed for a great selfie on 29 October
On Tuesday 29th October we’re inviting past and present grant holders to join us in posting a cross finger selfie on social media in a digital celebration of The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.
In the 25 years since its first draw, over £40 billion has been given out to good causes with over half a million (565,000) projects benefiting from this life-changing money.
This is why we’re encouraging thousands of people, projects and communities we’ve funded all over the UK to post a crossed finger selfie on social media to say a collective thank you to National Lottery players.
You might have already received an email from us explaining how to join in, but if not, here’s what to do:
1. Take a selfie posing by yourself, or with some friends, posing with crossed fingers.
2. Write a short message thanking National Lottery players for helping charities and community groups, include the hashtag #NationalLottery25 and don’t forget to tag us so we can see it.
3. Post the selfie and message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (or all three) on 29 October.
Whether you’re working for a project we’re funding, you’re a beneficiary or someone who simply recognises the great things The National lottery makes possible – please join in.
This is an opportunity to reflect on the huge impact made by good cause money in the UK, as well as the fantastic difference people are making in communities every day.
To learn more about 25 birthday events and how you can get involved in the celebration, visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/25
Notes to Editors
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
Latest News from
Big Lottery Fund
‘Real life influencers’: young people to advise UK’s largest funder of community activity07/07/2020 16:25:00
An advisory panel of young people is just one of the ways in which The National Lottery Community Fund is building upon its commitment to further embed youth voice – both in its own work and across the wider sector – the organisation announced today.
The National Lottery Community Fund: crisis funding update03/07/2020 14:25:00
It has been an incredible few months since lockdown began and we started to focus on getting much-needed emergency support out to communities and the sector.
National Lottery funding supporting victims of domestic violence, and improving mental health.02/07/2020 12:43:00
The National Lottery Community Fund is today announcing £2.4 million of grants to over one hundred projects across Wales that are helping communities to tackle issues including domestic violence and isolation, which have risen as a result of the lockdown.
Wales funding organisations work together through crisis delivering £20m in grants so far01/07/2020 11:43:00
The main grant giving organisations in Wales, who regularly meet as the Wales Funders’ Forum, are working together more closely than ever to ensure that funding goes to the Welsh charities, organisations and communities that need it most during lockdown.
National Lottery Community Fund Chair appointments30/06/2020 15:48:00
The National Lottery Community Fund, the UK’s largest funder of community activity in the UK, has today announced the appointment of new Chairs of its England and Scotland Committees.
£1.8million National Lottery funding supports health and well-being across our communities24/06/2020 13:33:00
The National Lottery Community Fund is today announcing funding of £1,798,134 to 62 community and voluntary projects who are supporting the health, well-being and quality of life of people across Northern Ireland.
Communities tackling ‘lockdown loneliness’ thanks to vital National Lottery funding16/06/2020 14:20:00
Almost 1,500 community groups across England – many of them helping to tackle social isolation and loneliness caused by the COVID-19 crisis – are in for a share of around £30 million in National Lottery funding awarded this month.
Future secured for Kyleakin Day Centre15/06/2020 14:20:00
The future of the Old School House in Kyleakin has been secured following an award of £24,580 from the Scottish Land Fund to Kyleakin Connections (formerly Skye and Lochalsh Association for Disability).
£4.5m of National Lottery money awarded to 91 communities across Wales04/06/2020 14:20:00
Today (4 June 2020), The National Lottery Community Fund announced it awarded £4.5 million over the last month to 91 community projects across Wales, many of which are helping people to support each other through the COVID-19 crisis.