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About the Big Lottery Fund

Largest distributor of Lottery money to good causes

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) 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. This totals around £600 million each year.

Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £6bn to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 80-90 per cent of our funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations.

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.

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

BIG is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office

Find out more about our work across the countries.