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About the distributors

There are currently 12 Lottery funders who independently decide which projects have successfully applied for a grant. Each is independent of Government but has to follow guidelines when deciding who should receive National Lottery funding.

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Arts Council England

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. Their mission is to provide ‘great art for everyone’.

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland.

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Arts Council of Wales

Arts Council of Wales is the country's funding and development agency for the arts. Their vision is of a creative Wales where the arts are central to the life of the nation.


The British Film Institute (BFI) awards National Lottery funding to support UK film production, distribution, education, audience development and m

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Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is committed to improving communities and the lives of people most in need with money raised from the National Lottery.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. It’s our job to help Scotland’s creativity shine at home and abroad.

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Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money from the National Lottery to support a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the UK.

Sport England

Sport England invests in projects that help more people play sport.

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Sport Northern Ireland

Sport Northern Ireland’s vision is to promote "a culture of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport which contributes to a healthy, fair and prosperous society".

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Sport Wales

Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for increasing participation and improving performance in sport in Wales.


sportscotland is the national sport agency for Scotland. They are responsible for developing sport and physical recreation in Scotland.

UK Sport

UK Sport aspires to lead Olympic and Paralympic sport in the UK to World Class Success.

Previous Distributors

The following organisations have distributed funds from The National Lottery in the past, but are no longer making grants.

Olympic Lottery Distributor

Olympic Lottery Distributor

The National Lottery played a major role in funding the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Scottish Arts Council

The Scottish Arts Council was the lead body for the funding, development and advocacy of the arts in Scotland, offering a unique national perspecti

The Millennium Commission

The Millennium Commission awarded £2.7 billion of Lottery money for projects to mark the new millennium.

UK Film Council

To stimulate a competitive, successful and vibrant UK film industry and culture, and to promote the widest possible enjoyment and understanding of

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