Lottery Good Causes
The National Lottery’s Good Causes Fund receives 28p from every £1 played on Lotto, EuroMillions, Lotto HotPicks, Thunderball and instant games. From there it is distributed to charitable projects across the UK in four broad fields.
National Lottery players raise around £30 million every week for the schemes supported by the fund, with £34 billion having been distributed to 450,000 good causes since the lottery began in November 1994.
The fund also benefits from prizes, and the interest accrued on them, that remain unclaimed 180 days after the winning draw. In the 2014/15 financial year, unclaimed National Lottery prizes totalled £127.9 million, which was transferred to the Good Causes Fund in its entirety.
How is the Good Causes Fund Distributed?
The National Lottery Distribution Fund divides the funds into the following four main categories.
- Health, Education, Environment and Charitable Causes - 40%
- Sports - 20%
- Arts - 20%
- Heritage - 20%
There are 12 independent distributing bodies working across the four different fields, each possessing an in depth knowledge of their subject, ensuring they can share out the funds fairly to projects in all corners of the country. Here are some of the schemes that National Lottery players have helped support:
Health, Education, Environment and Charitable Causes
Create Me Happy is a group that raises awareness of parental depression in Carmarthenshire. It was pledged £5,000 in April 2016 to fund weekly clubs to bring together parents who feel they are suffering from social isolation and monthly family clubs where parents and children can play together in a secure environment.
#REMIX21 is funded by the National Lottery and encourages musically-gifted 18-25 year-olds to upload videos of them performing an original track to YouTube. The two artists with the most viewed clips headlined an event in Shoreditch, east London on 10th May 2016, where they were mentored by industry professionals.
Underbank Rangers, a rugby league team in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire was issued with a grant of £5,000 in April 2016 to repair damage to the roof of its clubhouse, and the wiring within, caused by Storm Desmond the previous November. The funding allowed the club to modernise the structure, rather than to receive the like-for-like repair available through its insurance and reopen the facility after it had to relocate a number of matches.
In 2016, during the commemorations to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the National Lottery celebrated the part its ticket holders have played in the upkeep of the Bard’s legacy. The Good Causes Fund helped restore the Globe Theatre in London and funded a major tourist attraction at the site of the playwright’s last home in Stratford-upon-Avon.