The Big Lottery Fund has given a total of £6bn to community groups and projects since it was launched 10 years ago, it said today.
In England, £1bn has been allocated to 4,000 projects under its Reaching Communities programme over the past decade.
Peter Ainsworth, chairman of the BLF. "At the very core of our funding has been the passion and commitment by organisations of all sizes to use lottery funding effectively and creatively to make a real difference to people and communities most in need. Over the past 10 years we have awarded close to £6bn to projects large and small and it has been great to see small projects grow and thrive."
The BLF has also announced that 75 Reaching Communities projects would share £22m in grants.
Among these is Adoption Activity Days, run by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, which will receive nearly £500,000 to increase the number of adoptions for harder-to-place children.
The money will fund 10 events over the next three years for 1,500 children after the success of a pilot scheme in 2011.
Diane Gault, director of fundraising at that BAAF, said: "Having worked to develop and pilot Adoption Activity Days in order to find new families for children waiting to be adopted, we know this model works and that it is helping more children to find their forever families."