Delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society, the Local Sustainability Fund aimed to help medium sized voluntary, community and social enterprises organisations to secure a more sustainable way of working by providing funding and support to help them review and transform their operating models.
£20m was provided for the fund by the Office for Civil Society. Applications were to happen in a limited time window, and high demand was expected. The National Lottery Community Fund (then called Big Lottery) wished to perform an automatic business evaluation on all applying organisations, which would enable them to create a shortlist for detailed human evaluation. They also wished to manage awardees for the lifetime of the grant and perform a second evaluation at the end of the funding period, in order to quantify the benefits that funding had had on the organisation.