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About equalities

Equality considerations are central to our mission
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Why do we ask for equality information?

We ask for equality information because:

  • we want to know who benefits from the projects we fund, so that we can find out if we need to give more support to some applicants, target our funding or change how we run our programmes
  • we’re keen to learn how our funding can reach the widest range of people as possible
  • by sharing what we learn, those running projects can find out how to reach the widest range of people who could benefit.

You’ll find it’s useful too!

By gathering equality information you’ll be able to

  • find out who is and isn’t benefiting from your project
  • ensure you’re reaching everyone who could benefit, by making changes to your project if you need to
  • show good practice and share your learning with us, other funders and your community.

How will we use this information?

We’ll review what you tell us and we may contact you with questions.

If your project isn’t reaching everyone who could benefit from it or if there are weaknesses in how you’re collecting your evidence we may ask you to consider making some changes to your project.

When you’ve finished your project we’ll grade how effective it was in reaching everyone who could benefit from it. Take a look at our guide for grantholders, Big Lottery Fund's equality information grant holders guide

How to use this guide

Select a link to find out more, or use the menus along the side of the page.

Our requirements: What equality information you’ll need to tell us at the beginning of your project, then every year and when you’ve finished it.

Gathering your evidence: How to collect evidence (equality data) at the start, to estimate the percentage of people who will benefit from your project, and then throughout your project to help you work out the percentage that have actually benefitted.

Evidence collection tools: Tools for collecting evidence (equality data) throughout your project.

Reviewing your evidence: How to check the quality of the evidence (equality data) you’ve collected, comparing this data against your estimates and deciding if any corrective action needs to be taken.

Reaching everyone: What to do if you need to reach a wider range of people.

More information: Your legal obligations under the Data Protection Act, our equality categories (and what they mean), further guidance and how to contact us.