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MA calls for increase in scratch card funding for good causes

Patrick Steel, 12.12.2017
Heritage Lottery Fund to cut grant maximum to £5m
Following an announcement by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) that it would not award grants of over £5m from 2019 due to a decline in lottery receipts, the Museums Association (MA) has called for a greater percentage of scratch card sales to go to good causes.

Writing in the MA’s Policy Blog, published today, Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer, says: “At present, 28% of each Lotto ticket but only 10% of scratch-card sales goes to good causes.

“And while Lotto sales have decreased, Camelot’s profit from its lottery games has increased, so there is undoubtedly room for greater giving. Whether this happens lies in the hands of the Gambling Commission, which will shortly begin the tender process for a new lottery operator from 2023.”

Brown also pointed to the HLF’s consultation into its funding framework next month and the recommendations of the Mendoza Review of Museums in England, which called for the HLF to prioritise existing cultural infrastructure rather than funding new projects.

“That could mean funding for shared infrastructure to cope with back-of-house storage issues, and projects that demonstrate real social impact,” he says. “It should also mean a greater proportion of HLF funding being spent outside of London, despite falling total revenue.”

HLF’s five year strategic funding framework will set out its funding priorities until 2024. While it will still distribute £190m in funding over 2018-19, the organisation has said it will be a “transitional year”.