Our funding

Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, Open Food Network UK and partners aim to make good, sustainable and affordable food a possibility for all through collaboration of digital platforms in the community food sector.

The Food Data Collaboration is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund for a period of two years, beginning 21st March 2022. In total, just under £500,000 in funding will be used to support the project, made possible thanks to National Lottery players. 

The National Lottery Commnity Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) works to support people and communities to prosper and thrive. The fund distributes over £600 million a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery.

About our funders

TNLCF is the largest funder of community activity in the UK and is proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The fund supports projects focussed on things that matter, including economic prosperity, employment, young people, mental health, loneliness and helping the UK reach NET Zero by 2050.

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, TNLCF funding is open to everyone. The fund is privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.   

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, £43 billion has been raised for good causes. National Lottery funding has been used to support over 635,000 projects – 255 projects per postcode area.

What will this funding help to achieve?

This initial two years of National Lottery funding will enable the Food Data Collaboration to develop a common interface that allows producers to effectively communicate about stock across platforms. We hope that this will pave the way for future developments such as order consolidation across different enterprises and platforms and the potential for logistics partners to be introduced too.