The National Lottery Community Fund launches new 2030 strategy to support communities


The National Lottery Community Fund has launched its new UK-wide strategy, ‘It starts with community,’ which sets out its plans as a funder from now until 2030.

Over the next seven years The Fund will focus on four key priorities where it wants to make the biggest impact. These are to support communities to come together; to be environmentally sustainable; help children and young people thrive; and enable people to live healthier lives.

The funder has also committed to taking an equity-based approach to its work going forward, with a sharper focus on addressing inequalities.

Showing commitment to supporting grass roots organisations, the small grants programme, National Lottery Awards for All will be doubling the amount groups can apply for from £10,000 to £20,000 and doubling the term from one year year to two years with these changes coming into effect from late autumn this year.

Launching the strategy at National Lottery funded, Liberty Consortium in Derry, Paul Sweeney, NI Chair said: “I am delighted to be in the heart of the community in Derry today, to outline our plans for making a bigger difference, both by listening and responding to communities.

Launching ‘It starts with community,’ The National Lottery Community Fund’s new strategy to 2030 at the Thrift Charity Shop, run by Liberty Consortium in Derry

“Our new strategy, ‘It starts with community’ will be implemented over the next two years during which time we plan to have conversations with customers, stakeholders and those people who need our funding most to help us develop new Northern Ireland funding programmes.

“In the meantime all of our Northern Ireland funding programmes remain open and available for people to apply, and we look forward to joining our colleagues across the UK as we increase our investment in National Lottery Awards for All later this Autumn.”

£15 million is also being earmarked for a new UK wide programme that will connect communities, as well as an additional £9 million boost going into its Climate Action Fund.

Further information about the delivery and implementation plans for the new priorities will be shared before April 2024.

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The National Lottery Community Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players. Thanks to National Lottery players, during the last financial year, The National Lottery Community Fund in Northern Ireland awarded 663 new grants totalling £27.9 million to support local communities.