In September 2012, the Big Lottery Fund decided to pledge the money it will receive from the sale of the Olympic Village, £40 million, to an independent trust tasked with helping to secure a lasting social and community legacy from the London 2012 Games.
The Spirit of 2012 Trust will look to fund a range of UK-wide projects that promise to fulfil four key aims:
The Trust wants to harness the public spiritedness we saw during the glorious London 2012 Games, where people felt better because they were helping other people and joining together in a public cause. The Trust will work in partnership with other organisations and projects to develop and fund initiatives that take the spirit forward: to enable people – particularly young people - to take an active part in their communities, whether through sport, art and culture, education or volunteering.
It is a key aim of the Trust to continue the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic games to challenge perceptions of disability and impairments.
Debbie Lye has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Spirit of 2012 Trust. The current trustees are:
- Sir Harry Burns
- Baroness Sue Campbell
- Paul Cuttill OBE
- John Gartside OBE
- Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
- Sir Nicholas Kenyon
- Dugald Mackie
- Jan Paterson
- David Watters
Read the biographies of the trustees
Read the press release: Lord Coe hails £40m to help Spirit of 2012 Trust win legacy gold
Contact the Spirit of 2012 Trust or follow on Twitter @So2012Trust
Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive
In advance of the Trust launching its first funding programmes later this year, the Fund has already committed around £13m for some initial projects through its ‘Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive’ campaign.
Why not get inspired by taking a closer looks at the projects already funded through the Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive campaign: