From 29th January 2019, Big Lottery Fund will be known as The National Lottery Community Fund. You may have noticed the change on our social media channels, and with the name change we also have a brand new logo.
Our new name reflects our commitment to working more closely with communities and the fact that we are proud to distribute funds raised by National Lottery Players. We have a new name but we’ve been working in this way since 2015 now and want to celebrate that, as much as our new name. Working more locally means we’re better placed to put people in the lead, and when that happens – communities thrive. People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone else – this is why we ask them what matters to them, not what’s the matter with them.
Will this have an impact on any organisation who is funded in my area?
This will not have an impact on National Lottery funded work in your area. The only changes are to increase National Lottery players’ awareness of the excellent projects they make possible. We will be changing our digital addresses: web, emails and social media. We have been in contact with all of our stakeholders in the run up to the change to let them know about that.
Will local organisations need to change their websites/headed paper etc.?
We won’t be asking grant holders to replace any of their existing merchandise, and we will make every effort to ensure that grant holders keep using merchandise and signage they currently use. We will ask grant holders to make as many digital changes as possible in order to assist with the switchover, such as website and social media, and we will help them along the way.
When will grant holders be informed of this change?
We emailed all grant holders on 28 September, explaining the reasons behind the change and assuring them that there is no need to change any of their materials at this stage. Letting them know ahead of the public launch in January 2019 means we have had time to talk to them about the change, answer any questions and prepare resources to support them when the time comes to transition to the new name and logo. We emailed all grant holders on 29 January when our new name and visual identity went live.
How will we be able to find you online?
You will be able to find us on Twitter on our new handle @TNLComFundNI and on Facebook at @TNLCommunityFundNI.
Our social media will be redecorated for our name change, and we will have plenty of exciting content celebrating our new name and our projects through the week so keep an eye out.
You can find our website at: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/northernireland
If you have any other questions you can always get in touch through our blog or social media.