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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


To mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2018), we have announced plans to stage a centenary exhibition in Manchester, birthplace of the suffrage movement, which will celebrate 100 years since some women won the right to vote in the UK.


Commissioning For Social Outcomes – What We’ve Learnt So Far

Ruth Hollis, Director of Policy and Impact and Barry Horne, Chief Executive, EFDS

In January 2018 EFDS CEO Barry Horne and I presented to the Sport and Recreation Alliance Annual Convention Fit for the Future on our experiences and reflections of commissioning the GOGA programme from the funder and delivery organisation perspectives...


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Measure of success

WELLBEING Improved Nationwide

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