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Since we were established in 1994, we have invested £8.3billion in more than 49,000 projects across the UK. This includes money raised by National Lottery players and - more recently - funding we've distributed on behalf of governments across the UK.
We have awarded:
- over £3bn to almost 10,000 area, building and monument projects
- over £500m to 26,700 community and cultural heritage projects
- almost £590m to more than 1,400 industrial, maritime and transport projects
- over £1.8bn to more than 4,200 land, nature and biodiversity projects
- over £2.2bn to more than 5,600 museum, library, archive and collection-based projects
Our COVID-19 support
In the 2020–2021 financial year we invested more than £400m cash into the heritage sector (a 50% increase on our usual amount), benefitting more than 1,500 heritage organisations. We also provided expertise and advice on adapting to the pandemic.
Our distribution of funds included:
- £50m Heritage Emergency Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players
- £44m Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). And in April 2021 we awarded a further £44m in a second round of the fund.
- £19 million Heritage Capital Kickstart Fund on behalf of DCMS
- £40m Green Recovery Challenge Fund for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
- more than £4m Welsh Government funding
- more than £5m from the Department of Communities in Northern Ireland
In addition, we:
- distributed £3.5m of targeted support to recipients in our Areas of Focus, deprived local authority areas that have received least funding from us
- offered interest-free loans between £50,000-£250,000 up to a total of £1.2m
- accelerated the provision of our £3.5m Digital Skills for Heritage initiative
- rolled out a £4m series of business support and enterprise development programmes to support sector resilience
- committed £2m to fund our network of ROSS consultants, who are providing technical expertise and advice such as mentoring, monitoring and help with business plans
- continued to support more than 2,500 projects in development and delivery, including £23m of grant increases
The difference the Heritage Emergency Fund made
An evaluation of our £50m emergency fund found that:
- over 2,400 full time equivalent roles were directly supported by our funding
- over 1,400 staff were brought back from furlough
- over 14,700 volunteer roles were directly supported
Thanks to National Lottery players
We couldn’t do all this without those who play The National Lottery. Every week National Lottery players raise £30m for good causes.
Since 1994, over £43billion has now been raised and more than 635,000 individual grants have been made across the UK – the equivalent of around 225 lottery grants in every UK postcode district.