The National Lottery is a major source of funding for voluntary and community organisations. Generally, the main advantage of lottery funding is that they can provide relatively large amounts of money, but some of their funds require you to match their grant with money from another source.

Funding is distributed through twelve lottery distribution bodies who independently decide which projects have successfully applied for a grant. The relevant distribution bodies in Wales are:

BIG Lottery Fund (BLF) - the BLF is a fund for community transformation, from smaller groups at a local level through to big capital projects, intended to regenerate and revitalise communities

Arts Council for Wales - is responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales. It distributes funding to arts organisations and individuals for clearly defined arts-related projects.

BFI - is the government backed strategic agency for film in the UK. Its main aim is to stimulate a competitive, successful and vibrant UK film industry and culture, and to promote the widest possible enjoyment and understanding of cinema throughout the nations and regions of the UK.

Sports Wales - is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and recreation. It operates a number of funding schemes that aim to increase participation and improve performance in Welsh sport.

Heritage Lottery Fund - gives grants to protect and open up the nation's heritage. It will fund large capital costs of museums, historic buildings, land and collections, and has also introduced a range of smaller and medium-sized grant schemes, including Your Heritage and the Local Heritage Initiative