National Lottery Fund

The National Lottery's mission is to operate a world class lottery raising funds for good causes on behalf of the Government and we are proud to have delivered on this again in 2012, raising €225.3 million.

This brings the total amount raised since the establishment of the National Lottery to over €4.2 billion which is a very significant milestone in the history of the National Lottery. Over 24 years this fund has been allocated to worthwhile projects in the areas of Youth, Sports and Amenities; Health & Welfare; Arts, Culture & National Heritage, and the Irish Language. So remember, every time you play a National Lottery game you are making a very positive impact on local communities throughout Ireland.

Click here to see the ways in which the National Lottery has helped good causes across Ireland.

Funded Projects

The National Lottery generates funds for good causes in the areas of Youth, Sport, Recreation and Amenities; Health & Welfare; Arts, Culture & National Heritage and the Irish Language. Funds raised by the National Lottery are transferred to the Exchequer and are used to part-finance expenditure by various Government Departments on projects in these categories.

National Lottery funding is distributed through the following Government Departments and Bodies:

  • Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
  • Department of Education and Skills
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht
  • Department of Health - click here for more information
  • Health Services Executive
  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform


Further sources of information 

Government Departments with allocations part-funded by the National Lottery publish details of grants paid from such allocations on their websites.


Annual Estimates for the Public Services

Annual National Lottery allocations are detailed in the Estimates for Public Services. A copy of the latest Estimates is available from the Government Publications Sales Office.

General Information

For general information on the National Lottery Beneficiary Fund contact:

National Lottery Section
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Merrion Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 676 7571


The Spark Newsletter

The Spark is our Beneficiary Newsletter keeping you up to date of all our Good Causes work.

Spark Newsletter 

Good Causes

Every time you play, you help good causes. See how your money has changed lives.

To date €4.2 billion has been raised for Good Causes around Ireland.