Department for Culture Media and Sport

policy and financial directions

We set the policy and financial framework within which the distributing bodies for National Lottery grants operate. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport issues policy and financial directions to the English and UK wide Lottery distributing bodies, apart from the Big Lottery Fund. The Minister for the Cabinet Office issues policy directions to the Big Lottery Fund.

The policy directions set the framework within which the distributing bodies operate. These include considerations relating to:

  • who can receive funding
  • what the funding can used for
  • the conditions the distribution body must meet

The financial directions relate to financial propriety and efficiency. They are designed to secure the proper management and control by a distributing body of the Lottery funds available to it.

Policy and financial directions for England and UK-wide distribution bodies

The Lottery distributing bodies in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have their policy directions issued to them by the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Government, and the Northern Ireland Assembly respectively.

Arts Council England

Big Lottery Fund

British Film Institute

Heritage Lottery Fund

Sport England

UK Sport



*Updated 23 June 2011