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Five organizations in Wales distribute the money with strategic direction from the Minister for Culture and Sport.

Over £1 billion has been raised for good causes in Wales since the first National Lottery draw on 19 November 1994.

28p of every £1 spent on the Lottery goes to the five good causes of:

  • arts and film
  • charitable expenditure
  • health, education and the environment
  • heritage  
  • sport.

Distribution of Lottery funding in Wales has not been devolved to the Welsh Government. However, the Minister for Culture and Sport can influence the strategic direction of the Lottery distributors in Wales. He does this by issuing policy directions. These detail outcomes and priorities that should be delivered in Wales, but do not determine which projects receive funding.

National Lottery Distributors

There are five main organisations in Wales that distribute funds from the National Lottery. Each one has its own programme and funding priorities. The distributors are:

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
  • Arts Council of Wales (ACW)
  • Sport Wales
  • National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

The Welsh Government is currently reviewing Lottery Distributors' policy directions. Directions have been issued to the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

More information

Short films about people helped by the National Lottery:

Film 1 (external link)

Film 2 (external link)

You can also access information by visiting the Lottery Good Causes website (external link).

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