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The National Lottery - Connecting Communities across the UK

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The National Lottery is partnering with The House - to tell the stories of some of the projects that have used National Lottery funding to positively impact their communities, in every corner of the nation. 

For over 25 years, The National Lottery has been Connecting Communities across the UK.

While The National Lottery has funded some amazing large-scale projects - for example, London 2012, the V&A in Dundee and the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff - 70% of all National Lottery grants are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their communities.

This is why The National Lottery is partnering with The House - to tell the stories of some of the projects that have used National Lottery funding to positively impact their communities in every corner of the nation. 

On average, National Lottery players raise around £30 million every week for Good Causes - this helps build local communities, power sports teams, save the environment, unleash creative talent, empower the elderly and unlock young potential.

To date, over £41 billion has been raised for Good Cause projects with more than 565,000 individual awards made throughout the UK by 12 specialist organisations - the National Lottery Distributing Bodies - who ensure the money is going exactly where it is needed. Each week, 400 new projects are supported and every part of the UK benefits - with an average of 200 projects per postcode area. 

Tackling the impact of coronavirus

National Lottery funding is playing a crucial part in helping the UK respond to, and recover from, the coronavirus pandemic, representing the UK’s biggest non-governmental contribution to the efforts in local communities to combat coronavirus.

Thanks to National Lottery players, charities and organisations affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK have been able to access a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million from The National Lottery. Whether it is funding for Good Causes that combat loneliness and isolation, provide support for the elderly, or projects that support physical and mental health in the community - the extensive funding packages span the arts, community and charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

About The National Lottery

In 1994, The National Lottery was set up by Parliament as a ‘single national lottery’, as is the case in the vast majority of jurisdictions around the world. This model has repeatedly been deemed the most efficient way to maximise returns to Good Causes and society - as well as to ensure consistent protection of players, and the fitness and propriety of operation. 

The UK’s National Lottery returns one of the highest percentages of lottery revenue back to society in the world and, in addition to the £41 billion raised for Good Causes, it has also paid over £17.5 billion in Lottery Duty to the Government. 

The National Lottery also works with 44,000 retailers across the UK, with independent outlets making up the majority, who are vital for raising money for Good Causes and are the face of The National Lottery to many players. Despite the ongoing challenges in the retail environment, in-store sales of The National Lottery grew in the last financial year and, on average, National Lottery retailers earned around £7,000 in commission per store. To date, National Lottery retailers have earned over £6.8 billion in total sales commission.

With your support, we can protect and preserve this model and ensure a vibrant and healthy National Lottery for the future.

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Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities is an initiative aimed at empowering and strengthening community ties across the UK. Launched in partnership with The National Lottery, it aims to promote dialogue and support Parliamentarians working to nurture a more connected society.

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