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					Department for Culture, Media and Sport National Lottery Distribution and Communities Division

Consultation on National Lottery money for arts and film, sport, and heritage from 2009
Consultation Document


Contents Section 1:
What are we consulting about and why?

Section 2:
How is the National Lottery currently allocated?

Section 3:
The „good causes‟ – today and into future Arts…………………………………………………………………………………… ……………….. Film…………………………………………………………………………………… ………………. Heritage……………………………………………………………………………… ……………… Sport…………………………………………………………………………………… …..…...…..

Section 4:
Have Your Say


Section 1:
What are we consulting about and why?

Summary:    Lottery money is currently divided between five „good causes‟. This is fixed until 2009. We want to hear your views about how Lottery money should be spent in the arts and film, heritage and sport good causes from then on.

1. Every year the National Lottery raises well over £1 billion, which is shared between five “good causes”, namely:      arts and film; heritage; sport; charities; and environment, health and education.

2. The Government decides what these causes should be and what share of the Lottery fund each should get. That decision is then approved by Parliament.

3. The five causes mentioned above are fixed until 2009. The Government has already decided that the causes themselves will continue after 2009, and that there will be no new ones. But that still leaves a lot to be decided, which is where this consultation comes in.

4. We are asking people across the UK, in every country and region, to help us decide:  what share of Lottery money each of the five good causes should get, as a percentage, from 2009; and



what the policy should be governing how Lottery money should be spent for each cause.

5. We have already carried out consultations about how the money allocated to charities and environment, health and education should be distributed.

6. This consultation is only about the arts and film, heritage and sport.

7. The bottom line is that we want to know how you want your Lottery money spent in the future. For the first time ever, we are asking you to tell us about the projects you most value, and how you think Lottery money can be best spent to improve the UK.

8. This consultation will close at the end of February 2006. You can find out how to let us know your views at the end of this paper.

9. We will analyse all of your responses, and use them to help us decide how Lottery money should be shared between the good causes after 2009. Your answers will also help us to decide whether we should change the policies affecting how money is spent. We‟ll publish our decisions in June 2006.

10. Before you let us know what you think, we suggest that you first read this paper. It tells you how Lottery money has been spent in the past, and makes some suggestions as to how Lottery money might be used in the future. You can also get more information in the background section on our website, at:


Section 2:
How is money from the National Lottery currently allocated?

Summary:   Fifty per cent of Lottery money currently goes towards charities and environment, health and education. The other fifty percent is equally divided between arts and film, heritage and sport.

11. Fifty percent of Lottery money currently goes to the causes of charities and environment, health and education. The other fifty percent goes to arts and film, heritage, and sport. At the moment, each of these gets an equal share (16.7%) of the Lottery fund.

12. Distributing bodies, like the Arts Councils and Sport England, decide who should receive individual grants of Lottery money. These public bodies are run by people appointed on their merit, who are very knowledgeable and about that particular „good cause‟. They are largely independent of Government, although they do have to take into account policy directions from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

13. We regularly review and develop the national policies which Lottery distributors have to take into account, to keep them up to date. For example, grants used to be awarded mainly for long term investments, like buying buildings and equipment. But now, the Lottery also makes grants for improvements and services that are needed in the short term. We have also changed the policies to make sure that while Lottery money benefits all parts of the country, it also focuses on areas where we can do more to improve the economic and social situation.


14. You can find details of the national policies for each good cause on our website.

15. Since the Lottery began in 1993, the percentage shares and policies taken into account in distributing the money have changed from time to time. The charts below show how the Lottery money was shared between the causes in 1993 and how it‟s shared out today.

1993: Shares of National Lottery money to the good causes



Arts and film Sport Heritage



Charities Millennium



2005: Shares of National Lottery money going to the good causes Arts and film 16.7 Sport 50 16.7



Charities, and Health, Education and the Environment

16. As the charts show, in 1993, 20% of the money was put towards projects that marked the new Millennium. The Millennium Commission supported many of the major landmark developments, like the Eden Project in Cornwall, Tate Modern in London, the Odyssey in Belfast, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and the Lowry in Salford.

Eden Project – Cornwall The Millennium Commission granted £56.4 million of Lottery funding to this large-scale environmental complex, which houses plant species from around the world. Since opening in March 2001, Eden has contributed more than half-a-billion pounds to the local and regional economy, provided 380 permanent, full time jobs in Cornwall and employed as many as 600 people at the height of the tourist season. Over six million people have visited Eden to date, and it‟s one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. Odyssey – Belfast Odyssey is the Landmark Millennium Project for Northern Ireland. This multi-functional entertainment and educational venue received a 7

grant of £45.7 million from the Millennium Commission. Odyssey includes an Arena for holding concerts, sporting events and exhibitions, an Interactive centre for Discovery, cinemas, ten-pin bowling, bars and nightclubs and an IMAX cinema.

17. The Commission also made smaller grants, such as other Millennium awards which gave about £2,000 each to 32,000 people who wanted to do good work in their communities.

18. Sometimes, a project would be awarded money from more than one „good cause‟, which meant that it had a much greater social and economic impact.

19. The work of the Millennium Commission will be continued by the Big Lottery Fund‟s “Living Landmarks” programme. The Big Lottery Fund, which covers charities and health, education and environment, will also carry on working with other good cause distributors, where appropriate. Did you know?

New Lottery games are being licensed to raise £750 million towards the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.


Section 3:
The „good causes‟ – today and into future

Summary:   The Lottery has helped to fund many thousands of different projects, within arts and film, heritage and sport. Now, we‟d like you to tell us how you think Lottery money should be spent after 2009.

20. Before you start thinking about how Lottery money should be spent in the future, it‟s important that you understand what it‟s been spent on until now.

21. This section will give you an overview of how arts and film, heritage and sport have benefited from Lottery funding. The information comes from the Lottery distributing bodies. 22. Although we can‟t do justice to the full range and depth of what‟s been achieved in the context of this paper, we‟d like to draw your attention to some good examples. If you‟d like more detail, you‟ll find the distributing bodies‟ full evaluations on the consultation website. 23. We‟ve also used this section to give you some proposals for future projects that could be undertaken with the help of Lottery money. But these are only ideas to get the ball rolling. In our questionnaire, you‟ll have the opportunity to comment on our ideas, and also to make your own suggestions.

24. The arts good cause has funded tens of thousands of projects across the UK.


England: 25. Lottery money has been used for the arts in all sections of society and all areas of England. It has transformed the arts, giving additional support to producers and activities to help them attract, excite and challenge an ever-wider cross-section of the public.

26. Lottery money has contributed to over 100 new arts buildings, and has been used to renovate about 500 buildings, including Sage in Gateshead, the Lowry in Salford and Tate Modern in London.

Sage in Gateshead A £47 million grant was made to this award winning music centre which opened in Gateshead in December 2004. Sage houses two concert halls, a rehearsal hall, bars, restaurants and education facilities and is quickly becoming Britain‟s most successful music centre. It has won critical acclaim for its philosophy of promoting education through music, and for its two outstanding performance venues.

Lowry in Salford This major arts centre in the North West includes two theatres, exhibition galleries, restaurant, cafés, bars and gift shops, as well as superb conference facilities. It forms part of Salford's regeneration plan and received almost £51million from the Arts Council England. The Lowry brings international quality arts and entertainment to new, as well as existing, audiences, and has been warmly welcomed by local residents.


27. These landmark buildings have improved the look and feel of England. They have also helped to increase the public‟s awareness and appreciation of the role and importance of the arts.

28. The availability of Lottery money has inspired people to get involved in major developments. As well as being used to improve artistic

presentation, Lottery money is also being used to improve the overall experience for audiences, visitors and participants.

29. In particular, Lottery funding has been used to improve access to arts buildings around England for people with disabilities, including members of the audience, workers and the artists themselves.

The Youth Music project

This project has helped to introduce a new generation of people to the arts, particularly those who would have had little or no access in the past. This project has been supported by 98% of authorities in England.

Scotland: 30. In Scotland, Lottery money has brought the arts to new audiences, and allowed many more people and communities to take part in a range of new activities. From the development of Taigh Chearsabhagh, a small award-winning museum and arts centre in North Uist, to the building of Dance Base, Scotland‟s National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh, Lottery money has brought about a social, cultural and economic transformation in many Scottish communities.

Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre In October 1996, the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund contributed £5.4 million to the cost of establishing the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre. Since opening in March 1999, it has


attracted over 300,000 visitors per year to its galleries, cinemas, artists facilities and education resources. The DCA is known for its innovative and inspiring approach to all areas of its work and is part of a wider cultural regeneration of the area. It has also been shown by an independent assessment to have generated jobs and boosted the city‟s economy by almost £4 million a year.

Wales: 31. Lottery money for the arts in Wales has had a significant impact right across the country. Several important buildings have been created

throughout Wales for future generations to enjoy, including the Galeri in Caernarfon, Theatr Mwldan in Cardigan, the Oriel Davies Gallery in Newton and of course, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Riverfront theatre and arts centre, Newport In 1999, a lottery grant of £8.5m was awarded to the Riverfront theatre and arts centre. This stunning example of 21st century architecture houses a wide range of community facilities including two theatre spaces, a dance studio, recording studio, an exhibition gallery, three workshop spaces and a multi-purpose function room. The public can join in workshops, classes and other activities held at Riverfront. The centre is playing a major role in regenerating the

part of the city centre in which it stands.

32. Most Lottery grants have been invested in grass-roots activities that involve local communities. For example, the Arts Council for Wales awarded Valleys Kids in Rhondda £1.5 million This has helped the


project to continue its important work in reducing youth offending in 18 valley communities, through a range of initiatives like play, youth and art work sessions.

Did you know? Since 1996, the Arts Council of Wales has distributed over £144 million in Lottery grants to nearly 5000 projects, benefiting over 2500 artists and organisations.

Northern Ireland: 33. Lottery money has been used to make over 2,000 awards in Northern Ireland, totalling over £78 million.

34. All local authority areas have received awards. Some have been used, for example, to make sure that every person has an arts facility within a 20 mile radius of their home. Arts into the future 35. As the above examples show, Lottery money has already been used to fund a wide range of arts projects across the UK. But could we and should we be doing more?

36. We have asked the distributing bodies to put together some ideas for new areas in which arts Lottery money might be spent after 2009. Here‟s a flavour of what they came up with – you can let us know what you think of these proposals when you answer our questionnaire.

Over to you...  Celebrating the Nation - At important moments in public life, should Lottery money be used to fund events and festivals, large and small, which celebrate our culture?



Taking part - Should we be providing more and better opportunities for people to participate in the voluntary and amateur arts?


Arts and Health - Should we back arts projects that would have a beneficial impact on mental and physical health? They could be run in conjunction with local health partnerships.


Children and Young People - Should we give every young person an “entitlement” to one or more arts activities, like participating in music, or painting, or a theatre visit. Should this idea only be aimed at deprived communities?


Art in contested spaces – Should the Lottery support community based mural and public arts projects contributing to good community relations?


Advocacy - Can we use arts to communicate to others what it means to be British, particularly in parts of the world with strong UK connections?

FILM Did you know? Over 37 million people have seen Lottery funded films at UK cinemas, and they have taken over £135 million at the box office.

37. Since the year 2000, 2% of the total Lottery good cause money has been put into film. This valuable contribution has stimulated creativity, film culture and education throughout England and significantly improved the range of films available in the UK.


Films of distinction The Lottery has contributed to the production of distinctive British films like “Bend It Like Beckham”, “Gosford Park”, “Touching the Void” and “Vera Drake”. It has also broadened the range of world cinema available to UK audiences, bringing in films that otherwise wouldn‟t have been seen in the UK, like “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “Respiro”.

38. Almost 9,000 children and young people, especially those in deprived communities, have been helped to develop creative and social skills through a UK wide scheme to make over 600 films.

39. Lottery money has also been used to provide sub-titling and audiodescription equipment to help people with visual and hearing impairments to enjoy films.

40. By funding digital equipment for more than 80 film societies and mobile cinemas around the UK, the Lottery has increased access to films in rural and remote communities.

41. Separately-funded Lottery programmes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland through partner organisations Sgrîn Cymru Wales, Scottish Screen and the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission have complemented UK Film Council programmes. For example, a range of successful films have been funded in Scotland, which have attracted more private money and further raised the overall profile of British Films on the world stage.

Film into the future 42. We‟ve told you a little about how Lottery money has contributed to film. We asked the distributing bodies for some ideas for new areas in which


film Lottery money might be spent after 2009. tell us how you want it to be used after 2009.

But we‟d like you to

Over to you...  Supplying a diverse range of films - Should we be supporting the production, distribution and showing of a diverse range of films from varied sources, including avant-garde and experimental films? 

Promoting wider access to film - Should we provide widereaching access to collections of audio-visual material that are currently being held in the UK‟s national and regional archives?


Developing film‟s contribution to media literacy - Would it be valuable to give people the opportunity to learn about, and engage with, film in all its diversity, for example by funding film festivals?

HERITAGE 43. It used to be the case that if you wanted to know what counted as „heritage‟ you had to ask an expert. But over the last 11 years, Lottery money has been used to broaden the definition of „heritage‟, and also to open the subject up to the public. More people than ever before across the UK are now getting involved in identifying with - and caring for - our heritage.

44. Although Lottery support has been used to support historic buildings, museums, libraries and archives, it‟s also been put towards a very wide range of conservation priorities. Before the Lottery, these priorities had very little financial support.


45. As a result, many groups in society, especially young people and those from ethnic minorities, are increasingly beginning to feel included in our collective heritage. Did you know? The Heritage Lottery Fund is one of the biggest funds for regeneration in the UK. Almost 500 previously run-down areas have been transformed,

generating confidence for both businesses and communities. The fund has also benefited 8000 historic buildings, helping them to continue to play an important role in their communities for generations to come.

Merchant City in Glasgow A five year plan was approved by Glasgow City Council in March 2002 to reinstate historic features and convert buildings for new uses. To assist the scheme, over £1.6 million of Lottery money was set aside for grants to be awarded to property owners for high quality repair, restoration and refurbishment of buildings. Not only has this helped to regenerate the area, but it has also developed the local economy by attracting business. St George‟s Hall in Liverpool A £14.5 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund is being used to restore many of St George‟s Hall's classic features to their former glory, including the Great Hall's pipe organ. Several historic rooms are being restored, chandeliers repaired and the crown court cells renovated in time for the city's 800th birthday.

46. As well as awards to World Heritage Sites like Blaenavon in Wales, Ironbridge in England and New Lanark in Scotland, hundreds of smaller projects have benefited, too.


47. Money from the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped to increase public access to and enjoyment of the countryside throughout the UK.

48. Some of our most distinctive landscapes are being safeguarded by 16 Heritage Lottery funded landscape partnerships in places like the Tweed Valley in Scotland, Sherwood Forest and the Cotswolds in England. The Lottery has also benefited countryside areas like the Brecon Beacons in Wales, the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District, Northern Ireland and the Malverns in England.

Northern Ireland The National Trust opened Divis and the Black Mountain to the public in July 2005, with the help of a £1.33million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The people of Belfast and beyond now have free access to a mountain landscape, wildlife, flora and fauna that has been in private ownership for decades.

49. The Heritage Lottery has also funded biodiversity projects that protect priority species such as: basking sharks; water voles; red kites; and horseshoe bats. And wildlife organisations like the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have been able to buy new sites and create more access for the public.

50. Heritage Lottery support has transformed some 250 parks, squares and gardens across the UK. As a result they are better used and more welcoming, with increased community involvement.

Did you know? The Lottery has benefited 42 locomotives, 98 mining heritage projects, 44 ships, 72 river and canal projects and 22 watermills.


Heritage into the future 51. The Lottery has helped to radically transform UK Heritage in recent years. But could more be done? What do you think of Lottery money being used to support the following ideas?

Over to you...  High Streets with their own character and distinctiveness – Many people are worried that one High Street is pretty much the same as the next these days. Should Lottery money be used to help retain what people value about their individual High Streets?  Parks that are safer and greener - Over 80% of people still don‟t have a high quality park nearby and 90% of historic parks need investment. Should the Lottery help fund a community-led approach to park regeneration?  Learning and skills for tomorrow – Should we make it a priority to train more people to care for and make decisions about the places, culture and knowledge that we have inherited and want to pass on to future generations? 

Young People and Identity - Should there be more practical opportunities for young people to learn about who they are and where they have come from, giving them confidence to know their own heritage and respect the heritage of others?



52. The success of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic team has undeniably been driven by Lottery support. The performance of our Olympic Team improved dramatically between the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, before Lottery funding was available, and the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, just three years after the introduction of Lottery money.

The Lottery and Olympic Success

1996 Atlanta: The Great Britain and Northern Ireland team won just one gold medal and 15 medals in total, finishing 36th in the medal table. 1997: Lottery money is introduced to support Olympic athletes. 2000 Sydney: The team was placed 10th in the medal table, with 11 gold medals and 28 medals overall, our best performance since 1920. 2004 Athens: The team repeated its 10th place in the medal table, winning 9 gold medals and 30 medals overall.

53. At the Sydney Paralympics, the team won second place in the medal table and repeated this tremendous success at Athens.

54. A number of major sporting events are now staged in the UK, thanks to a modest annual investment from Lottery funds. These include: the World Indoor Athletics Championships; and the World Track Cycling Championships. And in 2006, we have the World Rowing

Championships to look forward to, with more to come.

Did you know? The Lottery has contributed to over 3000 single and multi sport club projects, as well as 150 inclusive fitness projects which improve facilities for people with disabilities.


55. In 2000, Lottery money funded the Millennium Youth Games in Southampton, the largest youth sporting event in the world. Over 6,500 youngsters took part in friendly, but serious competition.

Epping Forest Community Sport and Leisure Project

This programme for young people aged 8 to 25, excluded from mainstream education and provision, received £30,000 Lottery money. The project uses sport to deliver its aims, including

reduction of vandalism, petty theft and anti-social behaviour as well as fear of crime in the community. Using multi-sport and football sessions and a healthy living programme, it has recruited and trained local young people as volunteers and encouraged them to feel proud of their community. Statistics show significant reductions in youth

nuisance and criminal damage in the area since the project started.

56. The Lottery has also funded Wembley National Stadium, opening in 2006, which we are confident will be the best stadium in the world.

57. The English Institute of Sport is funded by the Lottery. This is a nationwide network of 38 state-of-the-art facilities for performance sport, and includes facilities at Bath University, Loughborough University, Manchester, Sheffield and Bisham Abbey.

58. In Wales, several world class flagship facilities, like the Wales National Velodrome in Newport, have been created through the Lottery. Training has also been provided for over 3000 coaches and volunteers a year.


59. At community level as well, Lottery money in England has played a crucial role. Over 8500 small “community chest” awards have been made by local community representatives to improve sports facilities in their areas.

Did you know? To date, the Lottery has created over 100 new swimming pools (including eight new 50 metre pools); over 100 sports halls; 100 new athletics tracks; over 150 artificial turf pitches; and nearly 200 new playing fields.

60. In Northern Ireland, the Lottery-funded Odyssey is Ireland‟s largest indoor arena. Many sports clubs in Northern Ireland have received grants, and 91 per cent of these clubs have increased their membership even as membership of sports clubs generally has been static or declined.

Sports into the Future 61. We asked the distributing bodies to put together some ideas for new areas in which sports Lottery money might be spent after 2009. do you think? What

Over to you...  2012 Olympics: Team preparations - Should we make sure that the athletes competing in our teams for the 2012 Olympic Games can properly prepare, maximise their achievement at the London games and meet the high expectations of the sporting public?



2012 Olympics: Sports development - Should we be targeting new investment to support and nurture talented young athletes who have future medal-winning potential?


2012 Olympics: Sporting legacy - Would it help to build an Olympic legacy for the nation and boost our international reputation as a major sporting country if we staged major “test” events in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games?


More and better community facilities - Should we upgrade more existing community sport facilities, to save them from closure, and build new facilities in areas where they are few and far between?


Support for clubs, coaches and volunteers - Should we make sure that there are enough trained people to give individuals of all ages the opportunity to play sport and receive coaching?


Using sport to improve community life - Would more investment in sport and physical activities improve the health of the nation, fight childhood obesity, and create positive opportunities for young people, especially in deprived areas?


Helping the most needy communities - Should we use sport as part of an integrated approach to improve the quality of life for people in the most deprived communities, or who are the most isolated members of our society?


Section 4:
Have your say

Summary:  After ten years, we want to give everyone, including Lottery players, the chance to take part in setting the Lottery‟s priorities for the future.  We want to hear from you about how Lottery spending can be made to reflect what‟s most important to each of us.

62. Section 3 gives a flavour of what people up and down the country have been able to achieve with grants paid for by the Lottery. Allocating Lottery money in equal shares between arts and film, sport, and heritage has worked well so far. 63. But after ten years, it‟s time to give everyone, including Lottery players, a chance to take part in setting the priorities for the future. 64. Lottery money is additional to other funding and isn‟t allocated to finance long-term commitments. So, we can be flexible about the policies used to decide how it should be spent for each cause. People‟s priorities change over time, so we have to re-evaluate the national policies for spending Lottery money. 65. Under the current regulatory and taxation regime, we don‟t expect any major growth in Lottery income over the next ten years. This is partly because of what we know about Lotteries and how they mature, and partly because the Lottery will be contributing a fair share to the cost of staging the Olympics.


66. So this consultation is not about what extra can be done, but it is about how Lottery spending can be made to reflect what‟s most important to each of us.

67. It‟s also an opportunity to consider what the emphasis for big policy should be in the future, within the arts and film, heritage, and sport good causes.

68. As we explained in Section 2, the Government sets priorities at a high level. In turn, these affect the detailed decisions that distributing bodies make about what to fund. We are inviting you to look at new, high-level priority areas that might be considered within the arts and film, heritage, and sport good causes.

Did you know? Your views on how Lottery money should be shared between the arts and film, heritage, and sport in the future matter to us. Please give us your views, and your own suggestions about what overall policy directions we should be giving to Lottery distributors.

There are three ways for you to have your say:
 visit the consultation website at: and fill in the online questionnaire; 

if you are unable to, or prefer not to, access the internet, telephone: 020 7211 6372 and request a copy of the consultation leaflet. This contains a postage-paid copy of the online questionnaire for you to complete and send back to us; or


attend one of the meetings that some of the Lottery distributors are running during the consultation period. Meetings are being run by the 25

Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England, among others. You can find out when and where these meetings are happening by visiting our consultation website.

69. Once you‟ve told us what you think, we‟ll decide whether to change the current balance, or just continue sharing the money out in the same way as we are doing now. 70. Once the consultation period has finished, we‟ll summarise what we‟ve been told and make the reasons for our decision clear. We‟ll also announce when we‟ll next be reviewing our commitment to how the money is shared out, after 2009.

Did you know? If you want to make your opinion count, we need to hear from you by the end of February 2006.

DCMS November 2005