Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy fund. Spirit awards grants for inclusive arts, sports and volunteering activities in communities that bring people together to improve their wellbeing. The National Lottery Community Fund founded Spirit in 2013 with a £47million endowment to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and community that inspired people across the UK during the London 2012 Games. Spirit’s grantees range from national organisations to small, hyper-local ones.
We measure the impact of our projects on people and communities, and in 2017 published our first independent evaluation report, which revealed the impact of our first three years of funding: participants reported a 10% rise in life satisfaction, 9% rise in happiness and a 5% drop in feelings of anxiety. We learned from individuals who had found friendship, purpose and community through their involvement in our projects.
To date we have awarded £34.5million to 144 projects across the UK which have reached 2.8 million people and trained, deployed and supported 40,000 volunteers.