Since its inception, the National Lottery has raised more than €4.5bn for good causes. Under the legislation, the National Lottery Fund is managed and controlled by the Regulator of the National Lottery. At intervals determined by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, the Regulator pays sums allocated for good causes into the Central Fund of the Exchequer.
In accordance with Section 41 of the National Lottery Act, these sums are applied as determined by Government for the following purposes:
- Sport and recreation;
- National culture and heritage (including the Irish language);
- The arts (within the meaning of the Arts Act 2003 );
- Health of the community;
- Youth, welfare and amenities;
- Natural environment;
- Such other objectives (if any) as the Government may determine from time to time.
Applications for funding should be made via the relevant Government Department.
For applications relating to sport and recreation, we would suggest the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (www.dttas.ie).
For applications relating to the arts or to national culture and heritage (including the Irish language), we would suggest the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (www.ahrrga.gov.ie).
For applications relating to youth, welfare and amenities, we would suggest the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (www.dcya.gov.ie).
For applications relating to natural environment, we would suggest the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (www.housing.gov.ie), or alternatively the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (www.dccae.gov.ie).