Legacy & Funders


ROAD is a Building Better Opportunities Programme, jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of their investment in local projects that tackle the root causes of poverty and promote social inclusion.

The Building Better Opportunities Strand of the ESIF strategy identifies four core themes, all of which are addressed through ROAD.

  • Multiple barriers to employment
  • Health inequalities
  • Digital inclusion
  • Financial inclusion

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.

It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004, it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people

The Building Better Opportunities project has received up to £300 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.  For more information click here.