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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2 years

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Absolute carbon reduction

Reporting Boundary: UK Operations

Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, natural gas, other fuels, waste, business travel, hotel stays, paper use

Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2019 – 31 Mar 2020


Carbon reduction per employee


Total carbon footprint

387.1 tC0₂e

Total carbon footprint per employee

0.5 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 9 SDG’s.


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.

This is The National Lottery Community Fund’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. Since certifying to Planet Mark, the company has set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

The National Lottery Community Fund’s total carbon footprint in the year ending March 2021 was 387.1 tCO2e, a reduction of 56.4%. The National Lottery Community Fund’s total carbon per employee in the year prior to March 2021 was 0.5 tCO2e, a reduction of 53.4%.

The National Lottery Community Fund has also had their Social Value contribution measured by Planet Mark, this amounted to £333,163, and was derived from community and volunteering activities. 

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.”

Certification story

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. 

Future targets

Reduce carbon footprint by 5% annually

As part of the Planet Mark certification, the National Lottery Community Fund has committed to making a year-on-year reduction.

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