Theory of change
Spirit of 2012 was set up to recreate the pride and positivity that defined the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. We give funding to projects that leave a social legacy, with the ultimate aim that:
Individuals and communities thrive irrespective of their background&
We contribute to a society set up in a way that enables everyone to flourish
We aim to challenge perceptions around disability, improve wellbeing and increase social cohesion.
We can see these benefits at an individual, community and organisational level: people, places and projects.
We want our funding to help more people participate in the arts, volunteer, get physically active and come together as a community.
We've developed five principles for how we design funding rounds and how our projects drive their work forward:
Bringing together people from different backgrounds
Removing barriers to participation, particularly for disabled and/or disadvantaged people
Find out more about the social model of disability by clicking here.
Activities are fun and positive
Activities are high quality, credible and authentic
Beneficiaries have a say in how activities are run
Participation is regular
Clear pathways for continued engagement
Funding is responsive to local needs
Local people have agency and leadership roles
National and local organisations work in partnership
Projects teams are curious about what works
Project teams respond to learning
They are honest about what doesn't work
We fund activities across the UK that bring people together to be active, creative and connected in their communities.
Click on the buttons below to read more about our three project areas.