National Lottery Good Causes – how your Lottery ticket funds charities in the UK
The National Lottery Good Cause Fund helps to distribute funding to thousands of charities in the UK every year. For every £1 you spend on the lottery in the UK, 28p goes to good causes.
This includes UK Lotto, EuroMillions, Thunderball, scratchcards and Set for Life lottery games.
How much does it help?
Since 1994, over £37 billion has been donated across the UK to charitable and social organisations, helping you to make a difference with your National Lottery purchases.
The Good Cause fund was created at the same time as the National Lottery was introduced in 1994. The UK Government made it a requirement for the lottery at launch.
In 2019, the National Lottery celebrated 25 years of supporting good causes across the UK. In that time they have supported more than 525,000 individual grants.
National Lottery grants go towards different projects that help with health, education, environment, charity, sport, the arts and heritage.
Who benefits from National Lottery Good Causes?
Hundreds of thousands of projects across the country have received grants helping to improve the lives of the people in the UK.
For example, in the third quarter of 2018 over £45 million was awarded to community projects across England. That’s in just three months!
That money went to 2,300 different recipients, including a homeless project to help young people in South Birmingham and a project in York aiming to help people with mental health problems build connections with the outdoors.
Thanks to the National Lottery, organisations big and small receive grants from lottery players. The largest-ever donation was £2.2 billion, which went towards helping to fund the London 2012 Olympics. You can find the full list of projects on the National Lottery Community Fund website.
So how do you apply for National Lottery funding?
National Lottery funding is determined by 12 organisations that are experts in their sectors. Applications are made directly to these organisations, who must follow certain guidelines when distributing grants.
To apply for a grant, you need to provide the following information:
> Which part of the UK your charity or project will be benefiting. Different organisations will oversee making decisions about funding in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
> What your organisation does. There will be different requirements based on whether you are a charity, a community group, or a part of the local government.
> How much money you are applying for. This is the most important question. Make sure you know how much money you need to get your project off the ground. Applications can be made from under £100 to over £500,000.
> What kind of project are you funding? Your application will need to fit into areas such as arts, heritage, community, nature or sport, but there are smaller categories too. The more specific your details are, the better received your application will be.
National Lottery Good Causes celebrates 25th Birthday
In 2019, the National Lottery celebrated its 25th birthday. And not to be left out, the Good Causes project joined in on the celebrations.
The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards celebrated the extraordinary things that ordinary people do, thanks to National Lottery funding. The special anniversary gave the Lottery a chance to look back on the last quarter of a century of lottery funding.
Winners of the awards for 2019 included Back from the Brink, a project seeking to save 20 of the UK’s most endangered species from extinction. SAGE Gateshead also won an award after transforming culture in the North East.
The UK’s most iconic projects funded by the National Lottery
Some of the most iconic projects funded by the National Lottery include the Eden Project, the Angel of the North, the Millennium Dome, the National Space Centre, the Millennium Stadium, the Cotswold Canals, the Titanic exhibition in Belfast, Lincoln Castle and, of course, the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic games.
Located in Cornwall, the Eden Project is one of the UK’s most popular visitor attractions. Two massive biomes are home to some of the rarest plants in the world. Together with National Lottery funding, the project’s aims are to help people to connect with nature.
To celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery and UK Lotto funding, the Eden Project’s biomes were transformed into National Lottery balls. The illumination of the Biomes created a homage to the iconic National Lottery balls, complete with winning numbers!