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Demand-led funding outputs survey

Showing the impact of Big Lottery Fund's funding

Community gardening
Researchers: Martin Wood
Published: December 2013


To reach a good understanding of the scale and range of outcomes resulting from BIg Lottery funding in order to understand how its work supports a diverse and vibrant voluntary sector.

You can read the main report and a methodological report.

The methodological report explains how we did this research and lessons learnt along the way. This will be of interest to any funder who wants to find out how they can collect meaningful and comparable data from a diverse group of projects. 

More information on this project is available on the BIg Lottery Fund's website


  • A total of 2.8 million service users were supported during 2013, with a median of 211 service users per project.
  • More than half a million people regularly used 1 to 1 services during 2013 and more than 300,000 in groups. More than 130,000 used our publicly funded spaces or facilities on a regular basis.
  • Nearly 13,000 people were employed by our projects during 2013 – an average of 5 per project.
  • Over 90,000 volunteers were engaged in The Fund projects and delivered nearly 4 million hours of work in 2013.


We conducted a telephone survey of 400 Big Lottery Fund grant holders in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England between January to December 2013.

Big Lottery Fund demand-led funding outputs survey: main report

Measuring demand-led funding outputs: methodological report