Big Lottery Fund
Our approach to equity, diversity and inclusion
2020 has been a year we will all remember as one of upheaval and challenge. We have seen people come together to cope with the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 as it has changed the way we live and kept us from those we love. But this has also been a time that has seen people unite to address a more ingrained injustice: the racism and inequality that is still faced by so many across the world.
The Black Lives Matter movement has made me, like many of us, take a hard look at the issue of racism here in the UK and the inequalities that persist. It has made me reflect on the things that all of us as individuals, and that we as an organisation, could have done differently and still must do if we want to be part of the solutions needed to create a more equitable world.
At the National Lottery Community Fund, our first principle is: for everyone. As the largest funder of community activity, it has been disappointing to hear that some BAME-led organisations do not feel that the Fund is ‘for them’ and that our funding is not reaching everyone that it should. We have begun work to address this, both as a grant-maker and as an employer. Inequity of all forms can often remain unchallenged, difficult to root out and address; it harms people and society at large. We want equity, diversity and inclusion to be front and centre in all our decisions at the National Lottery Community Fund.
To achieve meaningful change we must continue to invest in a sustained long term way – not only through our funding, but also in resources and people, including, for example, our networks for BAME, disabled, and LGBTQ+ colleagues so that we listen and learn from their knowledge and experiences. As a funder, one of our strengths is in acting as a catalyst, using our funding and learning to help others do the same, but also learning from the great practice that we see elsewhere and listening to the many diverse voices in communities across the UK. I am proud of the work the Fund does on a daily basis, but we, like many, need to ask continuously “what more we can do?” We will make mistakes on this journey, but we can be bold and ambitious and take meaningful action to create the change we want to see.
Latest News from
Big Lottery Fund
Groups across Wales prepare for Climate Action Boost15/10/2020 14:33:00
This week, 35 community groups from across Wales attended The National Lottery Community Fund Climate Action Boost welcome event.
£700k of funding to boost health and wellbeing of young Scots09/10/2020 13:20:00
Projects that will boost the physical and mental health of young Scots are amongst those sharing in £732,323 of dormant bank accounts funding anounced yesterday (THURS 8 OCTOBER).
National Lottery funding invests in future community leaders07/10/2020 14:10:00
The National Lottery Community Fund is investing £500,000 into a major project to identify and develop leaders, to help secure a positive future for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland.
New figures reveal £400 million in National Lottery funding has gone to UK communities since start of COVID-19 crisis05/10/2020 14:33:00
New figures out today reveal that over £400 million has gone to communities across the UK since lockdown, thanks to National Lottery players. Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, players have continued to support The National Lottery, enabling many millions in much-needed funding to continue to flow to amazing local projects and good causes.
£2 million in National Lottery funding to support communities re-imagine a future against backdrop of COVID-1901/10/2020 14:33:00
More than 50 community organisations across the UK have received a share of more than £2 million in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to build on and amplify the creativity and compassion seen in communities and across civil society during the COVID-19 pandemic.
£1m of National Lottery funding for communities across Wales01/10/2020 11:43:00
Today The National Lottery Community Fund announced £1 million in funding for 34 community groups across Wales.
£14.7 million National Lottery cash boost to support young people’s mental health and tackle loneliness in older people30/09/2020 14:33:00
Young people will receive support with their mental health and loneliness will be tackled in older people across all corners of England through two key programmes – HeadStart and Ageing Better – thanks to an additional £14.7 million from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
£2.7m National Lottery funding helps tackle the big issues in communities23/09/2020 11:43:00
The National Lottery Community Fund is today announcing £2.7 million of grants to over fifty projects that are helping tackle the big issues affecting communities, such as supporting victims of domestic violence, mental health support for families living with health conditions and reducing isolation.