Big Lottery Fund priorities and approach


The Big Lottery Fund is the main body awarding funds generated through sales of National Lottery tickets. Organisations can apply for grants to support a wide range of community activity, as explained on their website.

They have recently reviewed their approach to awarding grants, with more flexibility and simpler processes. Just before Christmas, Action Hampshire staff met with Matt York, who is the funding manager for the Solent region (Hampshire, Surrey, and the Isle of Wight). Matt explained the Big Lottery Fund’s three priorities:

  • Stronger relationships
  • Shared and sustainable places and spaces
  • Early action to prevent problems and tackle disadvantage

Sitting above these priorities is the overall theme of people in the lead. This is about ‘meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity’. See below for a presentation with details of the new approach (accurate as of December 2018) and a link to the Big Lottery Fund website.

Big Lottery Fund Solent team Dec 2018

Big Lottery Fund home page

Note that from 29 January, the Big Lottery Fund will be known as The National Lottery Community Fund. For more details see their news release.