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Who we're helping

Almost everyone in the UK has benefited from a National Lottery-funded project.

Since 1995, more than £38 billion has been raised for Good Causes, funding over 535,000 projects in the arts, sport, heritage, charity, voluntary, health, education and environmental sectors. Every project makes a real difference to lives and communities across the UK.


Think of an art form and it's safe to bet that the National Lottery funds it in some way: from painting, dance and theatre to film. The Lottery funds events, activities, equipment and performances as well as arts centres and organisations. It's not just about the professionals either, there are plenty of arts projects where we can all have a go.


This area of funding covers an incredibly diverse range of projects, people and places, which are the lifeblood of local communities. These include projects that help homeless people find housing and work, provide therapy for disabled children, work to stop our old people feeling lonely and ignored, promote healthy eating, build village shops and community centres in rural locations, and allow thousands of war veterans to return to countries where they served so that they can honour their fallen comrades.


Whether young or old, we can all learn new skills. The National Lottery invests millions of pounds in interesting, innovative projects designed to help us do exactly that. From those getting older members of the community online or offering training to help people find work, to providing extra help for disabled children.


We often take our surroundings for granted and forget the time, love and care they need. The National Lottery has helped fund beautiful outdoor spaces spanning the entire country with a wide range of projects to keep them looking great - as well as ones to encourage us to reduce, reuse and recycle.


We all want to be healthy, but daily demands like work, children and housework often mean it's our health that takes a back seat. Millions of pounds of National Lottery funding has been invested in projects aimed at improving our physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.


National Lottery funding is used to secure our unique heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy. It also preserves areas of natural beauty and has improved hundreds of parks across the UK.


The National Lottery has funded over 1,300 athletes to train to the highest international standard. Lottery money is also used to encourage people all over the UK to participate in sport and keep active by providing excellent facilities and coaching.

The National Lottery also provides funding for special projects, such as...

Special Millennium grants

£2 billion of National Lottery money was used to mark the Millennium. The money supported a wide range of projects and people around the UK, from large capital grants for world-class attractions to small grants for community projects.

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The National Lottery has contributed up to £2.2 billion to help stage the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad. Information on 1.8 billion of this funding is available at Department for Culture Media and Sport.

How is the money distributed?

National Lottery money is given out by 12 independent organisations, each with specialist knowledge of their sectors. All are arms length from Government and follow strict guidelines when deciding which applications will be successful.

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How can I apply for a grant?

To find out about applying for funding call The National Lottery Funding Helpline on 0845 275 0000 (textphone 0845 275 0022) or visit, where you'll find out about each of the different funding streams and which ones are currently open for applications.

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