Got a question for us? Maybe this will help…

We are out and about working in local areas across Northern Ireland more now than ever before.  Our team are always on hand to answer your questions about what we do, what we can fund and how you can access funding for your project. Here are some of the questions our team get asked frequently:

Who are Big Lottery Fund?

We are the largest distributor National Lottery good causes money.  Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket you are supporting communities across the UK.  National Lottery players have generated £38 billion for good causes since 2004.

At Big Lottery Fund, we distribute 40% of this money by funding.  We fund health, environment, education, community projects that have a charitable purpose.

There are other National Lottery distributors operating across the UK.  They all have different areas of focus for their funding i.e. art, heritage, sport etc. Further information on these distributors can be found at

What type of projects do you fund?

We fund a very wide range of projects. Generally we can fund community based projects that focus on improving people’s lives and surroundings through the provision of education, health, environment and charitable activities.

We believe people should be in the lead when improving their lives and communities. We focus on the potential in people’s ideas, and on the skills and energy people already have that they can draw on. We ask what matters to communities, not what’s the matter with them.

We are interested in ideas that:

  • Involve people from the community right from the start – we want them to be involved in the development, design and delivery of a project.
  • Bring people together and strengthen relationships in and across communities.
  • Encourage people and organisations to work together to make a difference in their community.

How can my group apply?

Have a chat with the people in your community and shape your project idea with them.  Decide on what your project will do, how, who will it benefit and how much money you will need.  Visit our website to find out what funding is available in Northern Ireland.

Big Lottery Fund NI

What have you funded in my area?

To find out more about what we have funded you can use the grant search facility on the website.

How can I find out more?

Our team are regularly out and about meeting with groups in community venues across Northern Ireland.  You can find out where they’ll be by following our Facebook (@BigLotteryFundNI) and Twitter (@BigNIOnline) feeds.  Our website has information on all of our programmes but if you would like to chat to us directly about your project idea we are more than happy to talk to you.  You can call us on 028 9055 1455 to chat with our team. You can also keep up to date by signing up for our ebulletin

We love to hear from you so if you have any questions for us please get in touch and we will do our best to answer you as quickly as possible.  You can leave a comment below or feel free to drop us an email at  You can also get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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