More Cash for Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which is charged with the task of using some of the money raised from the sale of National Lottery tickets to fund heritage-related projects, has announced a substantial budget increase. The budget before April 2010 was £180 million per year, but now it has an extra £25 million per year at its disposal – a sum that will undoubtedly translate to even more heritage projects being supported throughout the country. The HLF budget increase has been made possible thanks to increased lottery ticket sales, so everyone who plays lottery games on a regular basis has yet another reason to feel good about doing so!
“Thanks to increased Lottery ticket sales, we now have an additional £25m to invest into the UK’s heritage every year until March 2018,” said Carole Souter, who is Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund. “This is extremely welcome news as there is a significant funding need for heritage across the UK and those with excellent projects should be assured that it’s well worth applying to us. The extra money will be invested in all sorts of transformational projects – from museums and historic buildings to parks, skills and training – so making a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.”
Since its inception in 1994, the Heritage Lottery Fund has spent £4.4 billion on funding for over 33,900 projects throughout the UK. Recipients of HLF assistance include museums, libraries, conservation projects, historical buildings in need of restoration and/or improvement, and more. In fact, it is good to know that, no matter where you live in the UK, you are never far from a project that has benefitted from the HLF, so even if you haven’t yet won a lottery jackpot you have still won in terms of the heritage around you!
All you have to do to continue supporting the Heritage Lottery Fund (and other Good Causes) is continue to buy lottery tickets online. There is a Lotto rollover jackpot of £7 million up for grabs on Wednesday 7 April, and a £13 million EuroMillions jackpot to play for this Friday 9 April, so buy your tickets today and good luck!Wednesday 7th April 2010
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