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The National Lottery Turns 15

More than £2 billion worth of money raised from the National Lottery has been distributed for good causes in Scotland in the last 15 years across the arts, heritage, charity and sports sectors.

The 19 November marks the 15th Anniversary of the National Lottery and as part of a series of events to mark the occasion, lottery distributors in Scotland held an event at the Scottish Parliament, to showcase the impact of lottery funding and the changes that it has made to the lives of individuals, groups and communities across Scotland.

Lottery funding has had a massive impact on Scotland and has been invested in arts, heritage, health, education, sport, environment and charity and voluntary projects across the country. Support from the National Lottery has, and continues to, change, inspire and transform the lives of millions; training Olympic hopefuls; creating world class cinema; improving adult literacy; facilitating restoration and encouraging participation in the arts by investing in facilities, projects and individual artists. National Lottery funds have successfully provided support and education to individuals, encouragement to communities and opened up access all over Scotland.

In Scotland, lottery-funded projects cover a plethora of artforms, age groups and communities. We’ve rounded up a few of the most innovative, as a snapshot of how the arts has benefitted.

Making the arts available to more people

Whether through funding the Travelling Gallery, which uses a converted bus to take art exhibitions to remote parts of Scotland, or by supporting community projects such as ‘Big Man Walking’, a 30ft puppet that strode across Scotland earlier this year, National Lottery funding has helped thousands of people experience the arts.

Tune Up is another great example; supporting music touring in Scotland since 2003. Tune Up ensures an eclectic range of quality music reaches audiences wherever they are in Scotland.

Supporting innovation

National Lottery funding has kick-started new initiatives across the arts. Scottish Dance Theatre’s ‘Dance Agent for Change’, funded by the Scottish Arts Council, aims to increase the number of disabled people involved with dance in Scotland.

Working in partnership, the post will lead a creative learning programme which will educate, inspire, inform and actively look at ways of strengthening and supporting Scotland’s performing arts and disability network.

Literature in Learning is a national network for teachers and others working in education develop the use of creative language with children and their parents, thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

Investing in the arts

From investment in buildings such as the £4.5 million redevelopment of the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, or £2.5 million towards almost 200 artists’ workspaces through WASPs 53 project, National Lottery support provides artists with places to create work, equipment to make work and, through residencies and education projects, offers opportunities to work amongst a range of communities.

Did you know?

  • There have been more than 38,000 grants awarded in Scotland - to projects large and small - across the arts, sport, heritage, environment, education, health, and charity and voluntary sectors.
  • Nearly half of all Lottery grants awarded are for less than £5,000
  • Nine out of 10 of Scotland’s top free tourist attractions have received Lottery funding, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the National Gallery Complex, the Falkirk Wheel and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Every public library in the UK has been able to go online thanks to Lottery funding
    More than 1,900 historic buildings and monuments in Scotland have been given a new lease of life with Lottery funding
  • Thanks to Lottery funding, land equivalent to 100,000 football pitches has been dedicated for nature conservation across the UK
  • On average, over 100 Lottery grants have been awarded in every postcode district across the UK.
Related internet links
* National Lottery
* Travelling Gallery
* Big Man Walking
* Scottish Dance Theatre
* Pier arts centre
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