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Good Causes

The Good Causes Fund is a charitable consortium set up by the National Lottery with the aim of channelling revenue to local organisations which help improve communities across the UK. The National Lottery donates a minimum of 28p of every £1 to the fund, as well as all unclaimed prizes and the interest generated, and has raised more than £31 billion for worthy causes since its inception in 1994.

The Good Causes Fund consortium is made up of 12 independent distributors who determine how and where the vital funding will be allocated and which grant applications are successful. To date, over 420,000 lottery grants have been awarded and with an average of 135 grants for every postcode district, chances are that your local community has already benefited from one of them!

The independent distributors allocate funding to four main categories:

A chart illustrating how the Good Causes fund in distributed from EuroMillions ticket sales

Health, Education, Environment and Charitable Causes

This multifunctional category is governed by the largest of the funding distributors, known as the Big Lottery Fund (or BIG), which is committed to improving the lives of UK residents as well as the communities in which they live. In the past decade, BIG has awarded over £6 billion to a variety of projects, with grants ranging from just a few hundred pounds up to several million.

Recent grants include:


All funding earmarked for providing better sports facilities, increasing participation and improving performance is managed by five sports specialist distributors: Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland, and UK Sport. Sports grants benefit a whole spectrum of sporting initiatives ranging from primary schools' sports days to Olympic competitors.

Recent grants include:


Focused on developing widespread engagement with the arts and providing improved cultural experiences across the UK, five independent distributors manage this category of funding: the Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, and the British Film Institute (BFI). All distributors share the responsibility of assigning lottery funds to support a range of artistic outlets including, but by no means limited to, museums, libraries, galleries, poetry, dance, music, theatre and literature.

Recent grants include:


The Heritage Lottery Fund opened for applications in 1994, since when it has been the sole governing body responsible for allocating funds for sustaining and transforming our nation's diverse heritage. The fund supports sites of historic importance, environments of natural significance and cultural traditions as well as parks, museums and landmarks.

Recent grants include: