The National Lottery Community Fund is making £7.5m worth of funding available to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The #CelebrateNationalLottery25 fund will open in November, with the majority of the money released to charities through the National Lottery Awards for All programme.
The NLCF said that £2m of the fund would be available in small grants of up to £1,000 each.
The National Lottery was set up on 19 November 1994 by the Conservative government led by John Major, and the new funding is part of the lottery’s birthday celebrations.
Further details of how to apply, the maximum grants available and eligibility for funding will be released in the near future, the NLCF said.
Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the National Lottery Community Fund, said: "For 25 years the National Lottery has been helping communities to thrive.
"We are launching our fund, #CelebrateNationalLottery25, to say happy birthday and a huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make it such a great success.
"People have always been passionate about their communities and this special birthday fund means they can bring even more great ideas and projects to life."