Big Lottery Fund
UK’s largest community funder to change name
The Big Lottery Fund, recently announced that it will be changing its name in the new year. The UK’s largest community funder, which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players, will from 30th January be called The National Lottery Community Fund.
The Fund has been working to put people and communities at the heart of its grantmaking since introducing its People in the Lead Strategic Framework in 2015. Last year alone the Big Lottery Fund gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to community projects across the UK. Over 11,000 projects benefitted from this, enabling people and communities to bring their ideas to life.
Changing the name to The National Lottery Community Fund makes it clearer what the organisation is and does and will support the long-term health of The National Lottery. Aligning the Fund’s name will help players understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket, underlining ambitions to see returns to good causes grow.
Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, says: “Groups and charities use our funding, be it £500 or £500,000, to bring people together, make good things happen and help their communities to thrive. We want to make sure that as many people as possible understand who we are, what we do, and how National Lottery funding could help them make a difference in their community.
“That’s why we’re looking forward to starting 2019 – when we will also be celebrating The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday – as The National Lottery Community Fund.”
To find out more visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
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Notes to Editors:
The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £9 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.
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