Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund

1 Plough Place
T: 0207 211 1800
F: 020 7211 1750

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is the largest distributor of National Lottery money to good causes.

It distributes profits from the UK National Lottery to community projects and to projects that improve health, education and the environment.

BIG was officially established by Parliament in December 2006 from the merger of two former lottery distributors, the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund.  It also absorbed the remaining responsibilities of the Millennium Commission.

BIG gives out half the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes: 14 pence of every pound spent on a lottery ticket.

In June 2009 BIG announced its new six-year strategy and said that from then on, 80 per cent of its funding would go to voluntary organisations, instead of the previous level of between 60 and 70 per cent.  In total it is expected to give away more than £6bn over the next six years.