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National Lottery: Voluntary Organisations

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to assist voluntary organisations in applying for Heritage Lottery Fund grants. (248230)

This is a matter within the operational responsibility of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The fund has advised that it is committed to providing efficient and simple ways of funding voluntary organisations throughout the UK, and it produces a range of guidance, including some designed to help groups carrying out heritage projects for the first time.

The Government have encouraged all lottery distributors, including the Heritage

Lottery Fund, to ensure that the application process is as simple as possible. The lottery distributors have set up a website

http://www.lotteryfunding.org.uk

which has proved very successful in letting potential applicants know about the relevant lottery programmes, including those run by the Heritage Lottery Fund.