Department for Culture Media and Sport
The proceeds of the National Lottery support the arts, heritage, sport, charities and community and voluntary groups as well as supporting projects concerned with health, education and the environment.
We are responsible for pan-National Lottery policy, including Lottery legislation and setting 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 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.
We also sponsor the National Lottery Commission, which regulates the National Lottery game and the game operator.
We do not give out Lottery money. It is distributed by 13 independent National Lottery distributing bodies. To apply for a Lottery grant visit the Lottery Good Causes website or telephone the Lottery Funding Hotline on 0845 275 0000 to get advice on which distribution body to contact.
You can access details of Lottery grants awarded to arts, sport, heritage, health, education and the environment projects using the National Lottery Grants Search Database. Details of the Lottery grants given to support the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games can be found on the Olympic Lottery Distributor page.
Information about what types of organisations have benefited from Lottery funding, and about the work of the National Lottery Promotions Unit, is available through the National Lottery Good Causes website.
The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects. The Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects - both large and small - make to people, places and communities all across the UK.
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