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About the distributors

There are currently 12 Lottery funders who independently decide which projects have successfully applied for a grant. Each is independent of Government but has to follow guidelines when deciding who should receive National Lottery funding.

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Arts Council England

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. Their mission is to provide ‘great art for everyone’.

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland.

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Arts Council of Wales

Arts Council of Wales is the country's funding and development agency for the arts. Their vision is of a creative Wales where the arts are central to the life of the nation.


The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK tasked with creating a flourishing film environment; awarding Lottery funding to film production, distr

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund funds projects and activities that make communities stronger and more vibrant, and that are led by the people who live in them.

Big Lottery Fund (Cy)

Mae'r Gronfa Loteri Fawr yn ariannu prosiectau a gweithgareddau sy'n gwneud cymunedau'n fwy cryf a bywiog, ac a arweinir gan y bobl sy'n byw ynddynt.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money from the National Lottery to support a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the UK.

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland is an easy way for smaller organisations to get small amounts of funding.

Spirit of 2012

Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy charity. So far, we have invested over £25 million into community projects in over 100 locations across the UK, benefiting more than 1 million people. 

Sport England

Sport England invests in projects that help more people play sport.

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Sport Northern Ireland

Sport Northern Ireland’s vision is to promote "a culture of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport which contributes to a healthy, fair and prosperous society".

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Sport Wales

Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for increasing participation and improving performance in sport in Wales.


sportscotland is the national sport agency for Scotland. They are responsible for developing sport and physical recreation in Scotland.

UK Sport

UK Sport aspires to lead Olympic and Paralympic sport in the UK to World Class Success.

Previous Distributors

The following organisations have distributed funds from The National Lottery in the past, but are no longer making grants.

Olympic Lottery Distributor

Olympic Lottery Distributor

The National Lottery played a major role in funding the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Scottish Arts Council

The Scottish Arts Council was the lead body for the funding, development and advocacy of the arts in Scotland, offering a unique national perspecti

The Millennium Commission

The Millennium Commission awarded £2.7 billion of Lottery money for projects to mark the new millennium.

UK Film Council

To stimulate a competitive, successful and vibrant UK film industry and culture, and to promote the widest possible enjoyment and understanding of

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