Category:Lottery funding

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The National Lottery was established in 1994. Lottery funding for good causes includes heritage projects and charities. Lottery money is distributed by 13 independent National Lottery distributing bodies.[1]

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMFTrustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund – see HLF), known as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and previously the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLFHeritage Lottery Fund (National Lottery Heritage Fund from 2019)), distribute money raised by the Lottery that is allocated to heritage. The Fund is a non-departmental public body accountable to Parliament via the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMSDepartment for Culture, Media and Sport). It is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK, distributing over £400 million each year with individual grants upwards from £3,000.

Typically grants are in the form of match funding. These require the applicant provides a proportion of the project cost from the applicant’s own funds or raised by them in the form of other grants and donations. This can also include an in-kind amount, costed for volunteer hours that will be worked on that project.

Grants to the SVRSevern Valley Railway and associations connected with it have comprised:

Date Project Grant Ref
1999 Construction of Kidderminster Carriage Shed £1,757,000 [2]
2001 Restoration of GNR 2701 Composite Corridor £84,300 [3]
2001 Kidderminster Railway Museum £177,500 [4]
2004 Staging of Railcar50 £49,100 [5]
2005 Western Locomotive Association overhaul of D1062 Western Courier £45,500
2005 Construction of The Engine House £3,464,000 [6]
2006 Trevithick 200 construction of Catch Me Who Can £10,000 [7]
2007-08 Recovery from the 2007 Storm Damage £250,000 [8]
2014 GWR 4930 Hagley Hall £95,000 [9]
2017 Future Fund £500,000 [10]
2017-2019 Falling Sands Viaduct £925,600 [11]
2020 2020 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic £250,000 [12]

Note: in 2020 SVR(H) received a further £906,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. This was funded by Government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.[13]

People's Postcode Lottery

In December 2017 the SVR Charitable Trust announced an award of £10,000 from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery, to construct an Anderson shelter and covered seating area at The Engine House.

See also


  1. DCMS website (Retrieved 18 February 2017)
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 130
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 137
  4. Heritage Lottery Fund
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 148, 149
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 152
  7. National Lottery 28 November 2006 (Retrieved 13 April 2021)
  8. Sowden (2012), P28
  9. Charitable Trust
  10. Charitable Trust Future Fund
  11. SVR website
  12. Smith, R., 'Severn Valley Railway receives £250,000 funding boost ahead of reopening', Shropshire Star, 15 July 2020 (Retrieved 15 July 2020)
  13. Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (Retrieved 9 October 2020)


Heritage Lottery Fund
SVR Charitable Trust website