lottery grants information
The DCMS Lottery Grants Database only holds information relating to completed grants/grants
in progress made by the Lottery distributing bodies, excluding those grants made by the
Olympic Lottery Distributor. It does not hold details of applications for Lottery grants.
The information held on the DCMS Lottery Grants Database is provided by the Lottery
National Lottery Good Causes
Arts good cause - this cause includes Lottery grants made by the following
Lottery distributing bodies: Arts Council England, Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council
of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Film Institute, UK Film Council, Scottish Screen and Creative Scotland.
Heritage good cause - this cause includes grants made by the Heritage Lottery
Sport good cause - this good cause includes Lottery grants made by the following
Lottery distributing bodies: Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sport Northern Ireland,
the Sports Council of Wales, and UK Sport.
Health, education, the environment and charitable expenditure good cause
- this combined cause is currently funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which was created
by a merger of the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund. The Big Lottery
Fund formally came into being on 1 December 2006.
The separate charitable expenditure good cause is historical and was originally
funded by the National Lottery Charities Board, which changed its name to the Community
Fund in 2001, until being merged with the New Opportunities Fund on 1 December 2006
to create the Big Lottery Fund. While the good cause of charitable expenditure
has been the good cause supported by the Community Fund and now in part the Big
Lottery Fund – these are not the only Lottery distributors who give grants to charitable
or philanthropic organisations. Charitable and philanthropic organisations also
benefit from grants given by the sport, arts and heritage distributing bodies.
The separate health, education and environment good cause is historical and
was originally funded by the New Opportunities Fund, until its merger with the Community
Fund on 1 December 2006 to create the Big Lottery Fund.
For the historical record, the pre-defined searches on the DCMS Lottery Grants Database
show the figures for the separate good causes of charitable expenditure and
health, education and environment before these were merged, along with the
historical good cause of the millennium - as well as the ‘current’ good causes.
National Lottery Distributing bodies/Joint Schemes
Awards for All (England) Joint Scheme - this was a joint scheme funded
Arts Council England, Sport England, the Big Lottery Fund (and the Community
Fund) and the Heritage Lottery Fund. As the scheme was originally administered
by the Community Fund, the DCMS Lottery Grants Database registers these grants under
the good cause of charitable expenditure – this may not necessarily reflect the
good cause of the distributing body which awarded the grant as part of this joint
scheme. The distributing bodies continue to run separate small grants schemes, with
the Big Lottery Fund retaining the name Awards for All for its own small grants
Big Lottery Fund - was created following an administrative merger between
the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund. The Big Lottery Fund came into
being on 1 December 2006 and distributes National Lottery money to organisations
working in the combined good cause area of health, education, the environment and
charitable expenditure. To gain a complete picture of what the Big Lottery
Fund and its predecessor bodies have funded, you will need to search ‘Big Lottery
Fund, ‘New Opportunities Fund’, ‘Community Fund’, and ‘Awards for All (England) Joint Scheme’ – bearing
in mind that ‘Awards for All England (Joint Scheme)’ was a joint scheme with other distributing bodies
and so elements will fall under other good causes.
British Film Institute - took over responsibility for distributing Lottery funding
for film projects across the United Kingdom from the UK Film Council on 1st April 2011.
Community Fund - formerly the National Lottery Charities Board, this body
was renamed in April 2001. The Community Fund distributed grants to projects under
the charitable expenditure good cause until being merged with the New Opportunities
Fund on 1 December 2006 to create the Big Lottery Fund.
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Creative Scotland - was launched on 1 July 2010, following a merger of Scottish Screen
and the Scottish Arts Council. Creative Scotland takes over the functions and resources of these two former bodies,
including the Lottery distribution responsibilities, as well as a wider remit for developing the arts sector in Scotland.
New Opportunities Fund - was created under the National Lottery Act 1998
and distributed National Lottery grants to projects in the good cause area of health,
education and the environment until being merged with The Community Fund
on 1 December 2006 to create the Big Lottery Fund.
Millennium Commission - this body distributed Lottery funds to support projects
across the United Kingdom that marked the year 2000 and the beginning of the third
millennium. The Millennium Commission was wound up by Order on 30 November 2006,
prior to the formal creation of the Big Lottery Fund which is the Millennium Commission’s
The majority of National Lottery grants, especially those that help to restore or
create a new building, benefit a specific area or community, are shown as having
their location in or benefiting a particular area because the building itself is
located in a particular place.
Some Lottery grants, however have a much wider geographical benefit or do not benefit
a geographic area at all - for example a cycle path or canal which crosses many
geographical boundaries; a film which is distributed throughout the United Kingdom;
a website or telephone line which can be accessed by people throughout the country;
a touring arts event which travels to several destinations. These types of grants
are described as ‘non-location specific’ as they do not benefit a particular geographical
Umbrella/Third Party/Award Partner Grants: The Lottery distributing bodies
sometimes make grants for onward dispersal through a third party. In these instances,
the minimum information that the DCMS Lottery Grants Database records is the name
of the third party or umbrella organisation which has received the grant; the amount
of the grant; and the number of projects that benefited from the grant. The financial
benefits of Umbrella/Third Party/Award Partner are widely spread across the country
– distributing money from that grant to many small projects and communities across
the country - therefore these types of grant are not liked to any specific geographical
Grant Date: where the award of a grant is staged, this means the ‘initial
Not Derived: this refers to grants which either by their nature cannot be
attributed to a specific geographical area and are ‘non-location specific’ or are
grants which have a specific location, but where the geographical location data
could not at present be derived from the postcode associated with the grant. Grants
where the geographical location data cannot at present be derived from the postcode
given have their geographical data updated on a regular basis.
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