Members of Kushinga Community Garden's 'Social Currency' project
Members of Kushinga Community Garden's 'Social Currency' project

We fund projects in England, Scotland and Wales.

Our funding comes from 12 society lotteries, which operate through The Health Lottery. Each of these raises money for a specific area of Great Britain.

Our opening timetable gives details or when we are open in different areas, or you can search using the map at Step 1 either by postcode or Local Authority.

We target our funding at the neighbourhoods which are the most affected by health inequalities. This means we fund projects in the 30% most disadvantaged neighbourhoods across Great Britain, according to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) for England, Scotland and Wales.

Our open funding programme, Active Communities, is open in different areas at different times of the year. When we are open in a specific region or nation, we choose which local authority areas we are able to open for applications based on a number of factors: the amount of previous grants in this region/nation across our funding programmes, to make sure they are distributed across the area equitably; how much funding we have available and and the number of fundable neighbourhoods in each Local Authority.

We also fund 13 local neighbourhoods across Great Britain through our Local Conversations programme.

What is a fundable neighbourhood?

You project needs to be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country.

When we open within a Local Authority we will only open within the neighbourhoods experiencing the highest levels of disadvantage. We assess this by using data from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) for England, Scotland and Wales. When you apply for funding, the areas shown in pink on the map are within the 30% most disadvantaged neighbourhoods across Great Britain, according to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation IMD) data. We ask you to select the fundable neighbourhoods you are working in at Step 5 of the application process.

What are the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)?

Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) are official measures of relative deprivation for small areas, recognised by the governments in England, Scotland and Wales. Find out more by visiting the official websites:

England IMD

Scotland SIMD

Wales IMD