Contact name Heather
Contact phone 020 7211
BIG is the largest of the National Lottery distributors,
using its share of lottery funds for health, education, environment
and charitable purposes. In 2009/10 across all its operations, BIG
made 14,000 awards to the value of £440 million, ranging from £300
to over £1million. BIG's mission statement is to bring real
improvements to communities and the lives of people most in
Through its four Country Committees and at UK level, BIG
has awarded grants that have helped change the lives of
disadvantaged and socially excluded people throughout the UK.
Further information about BIG's programmes and its strategic
framework 2009-2015 can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.
At the moment it distributes 50% of the good causes money raised
through the UK National Lottery. The Government is currently
consulting on proposals to amend BIG's share of the Lottery good
causes money to 46%, from 1 April 2011 and to 40% from 1 April
2012. Also the Government proposes that, subject to a separate
consultation, BIG should concentrate its funding on the voluntary
and community sector in future.