Lords Library briefing on the contribution of the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage.Jump to full report >>
Since it launched in 1994, the National Lottery has raised around £34 billion for ‘good causes’ (as at October 2015). The money for good causes is distributed out of the National Lottery sales revenue by the operator, Camelot, to the National Lottery Distribution Fund. In the latest financial year, this money amounted to around 25 percent of sales revenue, totalling nearly £1.8 billion. Over time, these funds have then been distributed in a number of different ways. The current funding model involves the National Lottery Distribution Fund allocating 40 percent to the Big Lottery Fund for ‘charitable, health, education and environment’ grants, and 20 percent each for sports, arts and heritage grants (each being distributed by distribution bodies set out in the amended National Lottery etc Act 1993).
In total, excluding some monies allocated to the 2012 Olympics or towards the Millennium Fund, the Department for Culture, Media and Sports records that these areas have benefited from the following grants since the National Lottery began:
Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0049
Author: Russell Taylor
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