The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is the UK's largest community funder, awarding funds from the National Lottery to projects that bring real improvements to communities. It believes that people should be in the lead in improving their lives and their communities.
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3 years

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Carbon reduction per employee

Reporting Boundary: Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Newtown offices

Emission Sources: Electricity, T&D Losses, Natural Gas, Business Travel, Paper and Homeworking (not included in footprint)

Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022


Location-based total carbon footprint

258.2 tC0₂e

Location-based total carbon footprint per employee

0.4 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint

233.7 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint per employee

0.4 tC0₂e

Total Social Value



FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 8 SDG.


Certification story

The National Lottery Community Fund, a non-departmental public body responsible for distributing funds raised by the National Lottery, has achieved Planet Mark certification. Achieving the Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. 

This is The National Lottery Community Fund’s third year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. In this Decade of Action, the company wants to ensure that they are a force for good: positively transforming society and the planet by measuring its own impact on the environment.

Over the next year, The National Lottery Community Fund will continue to work toward reducing its carbon emissions and sharing its journey with its community to inspire others. By being more strategic about its environmental responsibility, it will be able to significantly increase its positive impact and hope to encourage continual improvements within its community.

Steve Malkin
Founder and CEO
Planet Mark
“This is an incredible set of results from the team at The National Lottery Community Fund. We are used to seeing the fantastic impacts the fund has across the country with its many projects, but it is fantastic to see that positive change starts from within. The work done to reduce the fund’s climate impact will have fantastic impacts, on the planet, on their staff, and crucially on the beneficiaries of their projects. I am proud to work with The National Lottery Community Fund and hope to make more positive change again in the future.”

The National Lottery Community Fund is committed to sustainability beyond its own carbon footprint. The Fund has launched a £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. The fund aims to build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive climate action and sustainable change within, between and beyond their community.

Funding organisations and foundations must be willing to lead from the front on climate change. Combined with the responsibility to make sure funds are delegated widely, funders and foundations must also make sure their CSR goals are at the forefront of the industry. This is important, not just as signallers of positive change, but to build trust and authority within the areas they wish to make a change in. 

Going beyond

Through Planet Mark, the company has protected an area of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Its pledge through Cool Earth directly supports the Asháninka community in Central Peru.

It has also helped the Eden Project – an educational charity building connections with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future.

Future targets

Reduce carbon emissions by at least 2.5% each year

To recertify next year The National Lottery Community Fund must reduce emissions by 2.5%.

Aim to reduce carbon emissions by 5% each year

A 5% year-on-year reduction is the target reduction recommended by Planet Mark.

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