Big Lottery Fund

The first five years of the Food for Life Partnership was funded by £16.9 million from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding.

From 2007-2015 the Food for Life Partnership was supported with funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

In 2007 the four original national partner organisations - Soil Association, Focus on Food, Garden Organic and Health Education Trust - were awarded a five year grant of £16.9million from the Big Lottery Fund to develop and deliver the Food for Life Partnership in schools and communities in England.

With the aim of transforming school food culture we established our national school awards programme, including the Food for Life Catering Mark, and built a highly successful, independently evaluated model working with over 5,000 schools throughout England.

At the end of the initial five year programme, in 2012, the Food for Life Partnership was awarded a further £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund to assist in our transition to a financially sustainable, locally commissioned delivery model.

In May 2013 the Food for Life Partnership was expanded to include a fifth national partner, the Royal Society for Public Health, and we were awarded a further £3.6 million by the Big Lottery Fund to support the continued development of the Food for Life Partnership for a further two years.

The grant has supported the development of our successful whole settings approach into new sectors such as early years, hospitals, workplaces, universities and care homes. This multi-setting work takes place alongside the continued commissioning of our schools programme by local authorities throughout England under a new brand as Soil Association Food for Life.

The number of children eating five or more portions of fruit and veg increased by 28% in FFL primary schools

Big Lottery Fund

Every year the Big Lottery Fund gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. The money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment.