The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of Lottery money to good causes.

They are committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. The Big Lottery Fund will offer a selection of different funding programmes. For up-to-date information on these please visit or call the Big Lottery helpline on 0845 410 20 30.

Appropriate Lottery projects as of April 2017 include:

  •  Awards for All – is a UK wide lottery Big Lottery Fund grant scheme for local communities. There are different schemes in each of the four countries. Awards for All England makes grants of between £300 and £10,000 to organisations wanting to run projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. They want to fund projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes: People have better chances in life– with better access to training and development to improve their life skills; Stronger communities – with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems; Improved rural and urban environments – which communities are better able to access and enjoy; Healthier and more active people and communities.


  • Parks for People: The Parks for People programme is a joint initiative between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Their vision is that everyone should have access to a local park for enjoyment and recreation – to bring real improvements to local environments by making a lasting impact on the lives of local people and the places where they live.


  • Reaching Communities: Grants: £10,000 – £500,000. BIG aims to fund projects that respond to needs identified by communities, and those that fund projects that help those most in need. No closing date supplied.


  • Village SOS : Support for isolated rural communities.


  • Youth Investment Fund: The Youth Investment Fund will support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants will have funding available up until 2020, enabling organisations to invest and plan for the future.

Should you be awarded funding, make sure you monitor the project closely and feedback to the Big Lottery at the agreed times – it is a good idea to allocate grant monitoring to one person within your organisation to ensure these deadlines are met.

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