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10 Big Lottery Fund facts



  1. Big Lottery Fund distributes 40 per cent of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes
  2. Our funding supports people who want to make life better for their communities
  3. We received over 90,000 enquiries and applications during the past year
  4. Most of our funding goes to projects applying through open, responsive programmes – such as Awards for All and Reaching Communities
  5. 95.6 per cent of awards made in 2014/15 went to the voluntary and community sector
  6. We also work with partners to run more focused, long-term investments tackling major issues, ie meeting the challenges of an ageing population
  7. 91.3 per cent of last years’ awards were small, with a value of less than £10,000
  8. In addition to new awards, we also managed existing awards worth £1.2 billion
  9. Our core operating costs in 2014/15 were 4.9 per cent
  10. Since June 2004, we have awarded over £9 billion to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes.