Lottery funded Programmes
The National Lottery is controlled by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and is run by Camelot, a private sector consortium.
At present, of the money received in sales 12% goes in tax to the Government, 50% to prizes, 10% to the operator with the remaining 28% going in donations to good causes. The following good causes share this money:
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Heritage Lottery Fund
Big Lottery Fund
Sports Northern Ireland
Awards for All
Arts Council of Northern Ireland (www.artscouncil-ni.org) distributes Lottery and Government funding to arts organisations and individual artists, as well as providing research and information on the arts.
Heritage Lottery Fund (www.hlf.org.uk) provides funding for projects which aim to care for and protect our heritage, increase understanding and enjoyment of our heritage and provide better opportunities for people to experience heritage by improving access. Applications need to match one of the ‘strategic priorities’: heritage conservation, national heritage, local heritage and heritage education and access.
Big Lottery Fund (www.biglotteryfund.org.uk) gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. This includes supporting community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.
Sport Northern Ireland (www.sportni.net) is a lead facilitator in the development of sport in Northern Ireland. The council distributes Lottery funding to sports in Northern Ireland through a range of capital and revenue programmes.
Awards for All (www.awardsforall.org.uk) is a programme for small local groups across the UK. The scheme is a combination of funds from each of the lottery distributors. Projects could be in the area of arts, sports, heritage, charitable or community activity. Grants range from £500 to £5,000 and priority is given to groups with an annual income of less than £15,000.
The priorities are: increasing participation; extending activities; increasing skills and creativity; making a difference to a community and longer term benefit.