National Lottery Community Fund announces significant expansion of it grant support for grassroots community organisations across the UK

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that, under its new 3-year plan, it aims to reach more than 80% of areas across the UK with its largest expansion of grassroots funding in 30 years.

The targets are part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Corporate Plan for 2024-27, which follows its ‘It starts with community strategy’ published in June 2023.

As well as expanding its grassroots funding, the plan includes:

o More than 50% of all grants to go to communities experiencing greatest poverty and disadvantage.
o At least 15% of funding to go to environmental sustainability projects, and
o The primary focus of more than 90% of grants to be on one of four community-led missions: supporting communities to come together, be environmentally sustainable, help children and young people thrive and enable people to live healthier lives.

The new plan has tackling inequality and taking an equity-based approach at its centre, and the organisation is currently finalising a review of its funding activities across the UK.

Following the review of its portfolio, The National Lottery Community Fund will implement a new grant budget and allocations formula for more than £3 billion of National Lottery funding activities in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and across the UK, with the aim of enhancing accessibility and reach.

Last November, the Fund also delivered a major change to its flagship product National Lottery Awards for All. This saw it double the amount of funding available to grassroots projects and the time that they can be funded for. Since then, first time applicants are up by 8% to 45%, with £62mn going to grants of over £10,000.

The full report, which includes a statement from David Knott, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, is available on the UK Fundraising website.