advanced search help

Welcome to the Advanced Search help page. You may find it easier to print out this page and refer to it when performing a search.

You can search for Lottery grants information in a variety of ways. These are explained below. You can also combine elements of the different searches.

Searching for grants by Lottery distributing body

There are currently 13* independent distributing bodies responsible for awarding Lottery grants to the good cause areas.

To search:

Select a distributing body from the drop-down list

Click the "Submit" button to view the results

Tip: You can scroll through the list by clicking on the arrows at the side of the menu.

Tip: To select more than one option hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and select the required categories.

Tip: If you are unsure which option you require or wish to include all the options select 'Any'.

Tip: To increase your chances of a successful search ensure that the options you enter are not mutually exclusive, e.g. selecting ARTS in the good cause field and then selecting a sports distributing body e.g. Sport England.

*Note: The Millennium Commission and millennium good cause area was wound up by Order on 30 November 2006. The Big Lottery Fund replaced the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund on 1 December 2006. The Big Lottery Fund is also the legal successor to the Millennium Commission.

Searching for grants in a specific good cause area

The National Lottery currently supports four good cause areas. These are arts; sport; heritage; and the joint good cause of health, education, the environment and charitable expenditure; The separate causes of charitable expenditure; health, education and the environment; and millennium were funded in the past.

To search:

Select a good cause area from the drop-down list

Click the "Submit" button to view the results

Tip: You can scroll through the list by clicking on the arrows at the side of the menu.

Tip: To select more than one option hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and select the required categories.

Tip: If you are unsure which option you require or wish to include all the options select 'Any'.

Searching for a recipient of Lottery funding

To search:

Enter the recipient organisation’s name in the box provided. If you are unsure of the recipient's full name you may enter it in part - the search will provide a list of recipients whose names contain the letters entered.

Click the "Submit" button to view the results

The list of results will highlight where your chosen keywords appear in the name of the recipient.


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Searching for the name of a Lottery funded project

To search:

Enter keywords relating to the project in the box provided, e.g. sports centre

Click the "Submit" button to view the results

The list of results will highlight where your chosen keywords appear in the description of the project

Tip: Tick the box next to Recipient name and Project name and you can search both categories using your keywords. Keywords are only required in one of the boxes for this search.

Searching for Lottery grants by date

To search:

Enter the date the grant was made in the box provided. The grant date field refers to the date that the grant was announced. Ensure that dates are entered in DD/MM/YYYY format.

Tip: You can search for grants awarded before or after a specified date or even between a range of dates by selecting 'Between' in the drop-down list box and entering dates into both fields.

Searching for grants of particular monetary amounts

To search:

Enter the figure in '£'s' sterling in the Grant Amount box.

Click on the 'Submit Query' button to view the search results

Tip: You can search for grants awarded below or above a specified amount, or between a range of amounts by selecting 'Between' in the drop-down list box above and entering amounts in both fields.

Searching for grants in a geographic area

National Lottery grants benefit organisations and individuals operating and living in the United Kingdom. The Big Lottery Fund has the power to give Lottery grants to organisations and individuals in the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and to UK based charitable organisations working overseas. Both the Sports Council for Northern Ireland and the Arts Council for Northern Ireland can give Lottery grants to organisations based within the Republic of Ireland if the project has an all-Ireland benefit

Note: This database gives details of both Lottery grants which have benefited a specific location or postcode and also those grants which either by their nature cannot be linked to a specific location or where the Lottery grant benefits a wider area than a specific location.

The ‘Overseas’ area includes the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and worldwide. ‘Not Derived’ refers to grants where the geographic area cannot yet be determined from the postcode associated with the grant. These grants are updated regularly.

To search:

Select a geographical area from the drop-down menu

Click on the 'Submit Query' button to view the search results

Searching for grants by Local Authority or Parliamentary Constituency

To search:

Select a local authority or Parliamentary constituency from the drop-down menu

Click on the ‘Submit Query’ button to view the search results

Tip: It is not advisable to use geographical area; local authority and Parliamentary constituency in the same search, as the contents may be mutually exclusive and the search will fail.

Tip: Select the maximum number of records you wish to view on one page by scrolling through the Records to Return per Page option.

Tip: Choose the order of results from the Result Sort Order menu and submit query to perform your search.


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