Mental Health Foundation

About the Big Lottery Fund

Mental Health Foundation

We support people and communities to thrive.

When people are in the lead, communities thrive.

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We listen, collaborate and fund so that good things happen.

That’s why we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players across the UK.

Find out how to apply for funding

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