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About the Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million last year.

Since June 2004 we have awarded over £6 billion to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.

Our funding supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities. We deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK. 

10 Big Lottery Fund facts

Find out more about our work across the countries.

We also distribute non-Lottery funding on behalf of public bodies such as the Department for Education and the Office for Civil Society. Find out more about the non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund

We are a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office.