The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), the largest community funder in the UK, has published its new Corporate Plan covering the next three years (2024 -2027). The plan sets out ‘ambitious targets’ to deliver on its strategy to support what matters most to communities across the UK.

The NLCF aims to distribute at least a further £4 billion by 2030 to support activities that create resilient communities that are more inclusive and environmentally sustainable – activities that will strengthen society and improve lives across the UK.

Key points include:

  • More than 50% of all grants will go to communities experiencing greatest poverty and disadvantage.
  • At least 15% of funding will go to projects that have environmental sustainability as their primary aim.
  • The largest expansion of grassroots funding in three decades, with a target of reaching more than 80% of areas across the UK.
    • The National Lottery Awards for All small grants programme will include piloting a £50,000 grant award.
  • The primary focus of more than 90% of grants is on one of four community-led missions:
    • Supporting communities to come together.
    • Be environmentally sustainable.
    • Help children and young people thrive.
    • Enable people to lead healthier lives.
  • New funding portfolios will be launched in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, complemented by a UK-wide portfolio in 2024.