The National Lottery Community Fund has begun an 18-month review process.
The largest funder of community activity in the UK, has launched a strategy renewal process that will shape how it supports people and communities in future.
The National Lottery Community Fund has begun an 18-month process that will engage a wide range of stakeholders and provide many touch points for people to join in conversations about the challenges, opportunities, hopes and ambitions of the UK’s diverse communities.
The UK-wide strategy renewal process, Putting Communities First, will run until 2023, with the National Lottery Community Fund having awarded £3.4 billion in 72,000 grants in the last five years, supporting amazing things to happen in communities across the UK.
It launches as The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland also begins to review and develop its new portfolio which will reflect the needs of Scottish communities for 2023 and beyond.
In Scotland discussions are underway on its new five-year portfolio that will launch next year. Over the coming months grant holders, stakeholders and local communities will be asked to get involved in various ways.
Together both pieces of activity will shape how the fund invests in communities going forward as well as the wider support it offers at a local level and across the UK.
Kate Still, chair of the National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland, said: "As the UK emerges from the pandemic, we know that communities are facing fresh challenges and opportunities, as well as having new hopes and aspirations.
“With the launch of our UK wide strategic review, Putting Communities First and a process of beginning to review and develop our portfolio in Scotland, we will be listening, learning, and responding to ideas and suggestions for how National Lottery funding can support people and communities to thrive.”
People in Scotland are being invited to join in the UK wide conversation using the #TNLCFStrategyRenew and sharing their thoughts via the Putting Communities First microsite.