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Our Story

Spirit of 2012 was set up to recreate the spirit of pride and positivity that defined the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We fund arts and sports projects that foster greater community cohesion, empower those who are most under-served and challenge perceptions of disability. 

We give funding to projects that leave a social legacy

£29.5 million To projects across the UK

We fund projects that bring people together, and leave behind a lasting a social legacy

36,000 Volunteers Nationwide

We have trained, deployed and supported volunteers on projects across the UK

2.8 million People reached through Spirit

Men, women and children from across the country have benefited from our work


Spirited: our centenary exhibition

19 October – 3 November 2018

We wanted to mark the centenary of some women winning the right to vote 100 years ago with a celebration of the young people that were pivotal to the suffrage movement, but whose names we might not know. We are using their stories to inspire a new generation of young activists in our autumn exhibition, 'Spirited'. It runs in Manchester for two weeks alongside a programme of free events. Visit and be inspired – it will change your perspective on history, as well as make you think about the future. 



Theory of Change

From our Learning and Impact team

Our Theory of Change sets out the ways we plan, participate and evaluate so that our funding creates long-term, lasting change. It explains the processes that help us be a responsible funder, creating a lasting social legacy. We hope it will help you set out ways for your organisation to work in the best way possible to create the greatest impact – and you can now download a printable version for free. Click on the picture to the right to find out more.

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Measure of success

WELLBEING Improved Nationwide

Participants and volunteers across all the projects we fund report better well being