Mental Health Foundation

About the Big Lottery Fund

Mental Health Foundation

We ensure money raised by players of The National Lottery helps communities to achieve their ambitions and thrive. We do this by awarding grants, bringing communities together, and sharing what we learn with communities, other funders and the government.

Find out how to apply for funding

What we do

The Big Lottery Fund funds projects and activities that make communities stronger and more vibrant, and that are led by the people who live in them.

We support charities, community groups, and people with great ideas - local or national, large or small. We also bring people and groups together: to share experiences, learn from each other and try new ways of working.

National Lottery funding

The National Lottery raises money for good causes.

People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket, you help make this happen.

Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and National Lottery funding is there for everyone.

There are 12 distributors of money raised by the players of The National Lottery, which fund projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage, and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture.

Our structure

We are a distributor of National Lottery funding, established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament.

The Big Lottery Fund is governed by a board. The board is responsible for setting the Fund’s long-term strategy and key policies, and making sure that it’s run in an effective and efficient way. It delegates the day-to-day running of the organisation to the chief executive and her senior management team.

The chief executive and her senior management team are responsible for delivering the strategy and policies set by the board. They oversee the day-to-day running of the Fund.

Our work is divided into five portfolios, covering funding across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and the UK as a whole.

We have teams all over the UK who are the main point of contact for communities. They work with people to develop ideas and create opportunities for groups to come together.

Learn about our structure and how we’re governed