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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

37,000 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


On 26 November 2013 the Big Lottery Fund set out the Trust Deed that endowed Spirit of 2012 with £47 million to fund events and projects that captured – and continued – the spark that lit up the London Games. Since then, we have awarded almost £25 million to arts, sports and volunteering programmes that have brought together people across the UK, and have left behind sustainable social legacies.


Spirited: the digital archive

A free Spirit of 2012 learning resource

We wanted to mark 2018, the centenary of some women winning the right to vote, with a celebration of the young people that were pivotal to the movement but whose names we might not know, and use their stories to inspire a new generation of young activists. Our Spirited exhibition ran at the Portico Library in central Manchester in October and November, and we also commissioned a digital archive so that the stories of these remarkable young women won't be lost again. 

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Measure of success

WELLBEING Improved Nationwide

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