National Lottery announces £600m community funding

National Lottery announces £600m community funding

Charities and other organisations including community groups, youth organisations and sports clubs are to be supported by the fund, which is renowned for supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the country such as those suffering from loneliness and isolation during the lockdown and those suffering from impairments to their physical and mental health wellbeing in the community. The extent of this funding package will span the arts, community and charity, heritage, education, environment and sports industries.

Where’s it all going?

Up to £300 million from The National Lottery Community Fund over the next six months will be going to UK-wide to groups in positions to support people and communities amid the pandemic. A £50 million Emergency Fund from The National Lottery Heritage Fund will address immediate pressures in the heritage sector over the next four months and provide increased investment in essential digital skills. But what about the rest? Find out below.

Sport England – ?£157 million?
Aimed towards a response package to support the sport and physical activity sector. This includes organisations experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations. Sport England have launched Join the Movement, a National Lottery funded consumer campaign encouraging people to stay active at home and share experiences on social media.

UK Arts Council – ?£144 million?
Will go towards an emergency response package to support individuals and organisations across the cultural sector in respons e to the pandemic.

The British Film Institute (BFI) – ?£4.6 million?
Made available to alleviate immediate pressure for organisations and individuals in the screen industries hardest hit by the pandemic. This ranges from emergency funding for freelancers whose contracts were suddenly cancelled through to grants for audience facing venues which have unexpectedly had to close.

Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales – ?£5.1 million?
Supplements a £7 million Arts Resilience Fund for Wales. The fund will provide support for arts funded individuals and organisations to help them through the coronavirus crisis.

Sport Wales – ?£4.75 million?
Will be used to support sports clubs and their partner networks ensuring the nation is able to remain active

Creative Scotland – ?£10 million?
To keep funding flowing to those in most immediate need due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Resources have also been redeployed to ensure those working across Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries can maintain their practice during the coming months.

SportScotland – ?£16.4 million?
investment across the sporting system (£8.2 million The National Lottery and £8.2 million Scottish Government) to support Scottish Governing Bodies (SGBs), local partners and clubs and community organisations.

National Lottery’s Say

Dawn Austwick, Chair of The National Lottery Forum, said: ‘The National Lottery has always supported projects that help people and communities across the UK thrive. And now, the funds available are switching focus to support communities, arts, heritage, sport, education and the environment to mitigate the unprecedented pressure they are coming under as the country rallies to overcome Covid-19.’

Lenny’s Last Word

Hats off to The National Lottery for their efforts to propel the country back towards financial normality. In these times, lottery funding takes on an even greater significance as the country unites to deliver a national effort. The National Lottery seldom get the recognition they deserve, raising on average £30 million every week by players which is donated towards projects big and small across the country. As they’ve done historically the National Lottery is showing its support during this pandemic in it’s usual mammoth fashion, and here at SuperLenny HQ we’re delighted to see them channelling their support towards those most in need.