The National Lottery Community Fund

Northern Ireland Committee Member (2 posts)


Could you help decide how National Lottery money supports communities in Northern Ireland?



The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to thrive.

Thanks to National Lottery players, last year we were able to award over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to UK communities, supporting thousands of projects making a real difference to people’s lives.

In Northern Ireland we make grants to a broad range of organisations, from small grants of up to £10,000 through the National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland programme to large grants up to £500,000. Almost all of our grants (97%) are made to voluntary and community sector organisations.

We are seeking to recruit two new Northern Ireland Committee members for an initial period of four years. The Northern Ireland Committee sets the direction of our work and takes decisions about our large grants in Northern Ireland. We are looking for individuals who will add to the broad base of knowledge, skills and experience of the existing committee.

In Northern Ireland in 2020/21 we awarded 700 grants worth £28 million supporting organisations in every local area.

Details of our NI programmes can be found here: NI Funding Programmes

Skills and Experience Required:

We want our Committee to have a broad base of knowledge, skills and experience and to reflect the diversity of modern society and the communities that we serve.

Our focus on local area working has seen the development of closer relationships in communities across Northern Ireland. This has increased opportunities for Committee members to work more closely with our local funding teams and engage directly with stakeholders and grant holders.

The Person:

Essential Criteria


  • An understanding of and interest in the Northern Ireland social, cultural and political landscape and the role of the voluntary and community sector in it.
  • An understanding of the principles of the National Lottery Community Fund’s grant-making in Northern Ireland.
  • Experience of representing an organisation and willingness to represent the Fund at public events.
  • A clear understanding and commitment to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • The ability to understand complex issues and make decisions taking into account competing demands.
  • An understanding and commitment to the principles required to hold a public post of this nature (The Nolan Principles).

Equity, diversity and inclusion in our grant-making, and amongst our people, are all vital to our success in supporting people and communities to thrive.  We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with.  We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. We are a Disability Confident employer and positively welcome applications from people with disabilities.


Remuneration is £5,232 per annum, plus travel and subsistence allowances in line with The National Lottery Community Fund rates.

Length of Appointment

The appointment is for up to four years.

How to Apply:

Please request an application pack and further information by emailing:

  • The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13 May 2022
  • Interviews will be held w/c 13 June 2022