National Lottery Sales to Give Scottish Charities a £6 Million Boost

The Big Lottery Fund is using the UK’s love of lottery gaming to bring new learning opportunities to people in Scotland.

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Scottish community groups to receive more than £6 million in funding thanks to the National Lottery. (Image: Evan Lorne/Shutterstock)

Publishing its latest charitable venture, the National Lottery’s official funding body has earmarked 24 Scottish charities to receive donations totalling £6 million.

With the Big Lottery Fund responsible for distributing 40 percent of the money raised through ticket sales, its first beneficiaries of 2018 all work to inspire creativity and confidence.

“Because people play the National Lottery, then great things can happen in their communities. Today’s £6 million injection of funding is a perfect illustration, as it will create many new opportunities for people across Scotland to come together, learn and share skills,” said Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, Maureen McGinn. 

Bets Lead to New Learning Opportunities

In a press release published on January 16, the funding body announced that £6,221,069 will benefit adults and children that struggle with issues such as low self-esteem. Receiving the largest cut of the goodwill payment is the Iona Village Hall Community Trust.

Located on the remote island in the Inner Hebrides, the Trust wants to bring the community together and enrich people’s lives through a variety of projects. To this end, the Trust will receive £903,888 to build a central hub.

Once built, the village hall will offer locals workshops where they can learn new skills, take part in community projects and get healthy via regular fitness classes. Also receiving a large sum of money from the Big Lottery Fun is Edinburgh’s Saheliya.

To enable the organisation to continue its three-year Open Arms project, Saheliya will receive £704,649 to help ethnic minority women in the Scottish capital to integrate into civic life.

Funding Continues Despite Revenue Downswing

While the latest news from the National Lottery’s funding agency is positive for the 24 groups receiving a cash injection, charitable donations from the organisation as a whole were down in 2017.

According to the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) 2016-2017 revenue report, National Lottery funding for good causes dropped by 16.9 percent.

Despite this decrease, charities and community groups across the UK still received £1.5 billion thanks to one of the largest organisations in the UK betting sector.

In more recent months, the National Lottery raised £384.3 million between July 2017 and September 2017 to take the operator’s total funding since 1994 to £37 billion.

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