“Putting Communities First”: the National Lottery Community Fund invites contributions to a discussion on how it can best support UK communities

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), which raises over £30 million each week for good causes across the UK through its various Lotteries is inviting people and organisations to contribute to a discussion about how it best support UK communities. This YouTube video about the National Lottery Community Fund explains why.

NLCF is running a programme of engagement and other activities designed to draw a broad range of people into the conversation. It has also launched a microsite and a hashtag, #TNLComFundStrategyRenew, to enable people to join the conversation.

A statement on the NLCF website says:

“To keep in touch as we go through this you can sign up for more information and fill out our survey.

Our privacy statement tells you how we protect your data. We want to understand what’s important to you.”

The input gained will help shape how The National Lottery Community Fund invests in communities going forward as well as the wider support it offers.

Research released today from its Community Research Index – an annual survey of over 8,000 adults across the UK on how people feel about, and their ambitions for, their communities – shows that overall, almost three quarters of people in the UK (72%) think their local community is faring well for quality of life compared to other communities in the UK. This rises to 78% of people in the South West of England, but dips to 67% in North West and North East and falls to 62% for those living in the most deprived areas of the UK.

David Knott, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

“This research is about putting communities first and asking them directly what their challenges, hopes and ambitions are today and for the future. We know our funding has a critical role to play in supporting communities to unleash their energy and potential so they can get to where they want to be.

“It’s the start of an important conversation. That’s why we are kicking off a Strategic Renewal process today that will shape how we continue to invest in communities into the future and support them to prosper and thrive. We want to draw on the knowledge, foresight, experiences and ambitions of communities. Thanks to National Lottery players every seven minutes we’re able to back a community to bring people together and make amazing things happen. Now is an exciting and inspiring time to explore how we build on the best that’s been with the best that’s yet to come.”

For further information about the consultation and how to take part, please visit the “Putting Communities First” National Lottery Community Fund website.