National Lottery gives Oldham £30 million over past 25-years

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 12 March 2019

Thanks to National Lottery players, lives of ordinary people have been transformed in the area over the past quarter of a century. More than 1,100 National Lottery grants have been awarded locally since 1994.

A wide variety of local projects have received National Lottery funding over the last 25 years:

The largest National Lottery grant awarded in the area was the £3.9 million for the Oldham Heritage and Arts Centre in 2012.

The first ever local National Lottery grant was £15,246 to the Shaw Cricket Club for an extension to their pavilion in 1995.

The majority of National Lottery grants are for less than £10,000 such as the £500 for 115th Oldham Scout Group to buy a new multi-media projector.

Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, said: “Since its launch 25 years ago, The National Lottery has helped changed lives across the UK. This tremendous work would not be possible without those who play The National Lottery and those do extraordinary things with National Lottery funding. They are transforming their community every day of the week and if you know of one that deserves recognition then please nominate them for a National Lottery Award. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together over the next 25 years.”

From today, any organisation that has received National Lottery funding, has the chance to gain nationwide acclaim by entering the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards – our search for the UK’s favourite ever National Lottery-funded projects.

National Lottery Awards winners will receive a £10,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One later in the year.

To enter your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, complete an entry form through our website Entries must be received by midnight on 30 April 2019.

To thank National Lottery players for making these achievements possible and to celebrate the massive difference The National Lottery has made – and continues to make – to lives of people across the UK, the National Lottery is working on a range of plans in the run-up to the 25th Birthday in November. Further details will be announced in due course.


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