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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


Spirit of 2012’s latest programme City to Sea was launched today by Victoria Pendleton at a special event on Southwick beach, Brighton. Laureus Sport for Good, in partnership with the Wave Project, will deliver City to Sea following their £200,000 award from Spirit’s 2018 Sport Challenge Fund.


Don't think about it, just do it

Emily Bruce, Edinburgh Festival City Volunteer

Spirit of 2012 has invested £50,000 into the Edinburgh Festival City Volunteers programme, founded in 2017 to mark Edinburgh's 70 years as a Festival City. First-time volunteer Emily Bruce is helping out, and getting happier... and can't recommend the experience enough.


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Measure of success

WELLBEING Improved Nationwide

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