Through applications to our Lottery funding programmes we’re able to fund projects that develop new arts, support individuals, communities and organisations.

The Arts Council of Wales has used National Lottery funding to support artists and organisations to make new and exciting work across the country for the past 20 years. With this funding we've also helped create a network of landmark buildings throughout Wales, such as Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Galeri in Caernarfon and Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham.  

Some of our Art Portfolio Wales companies distribute Lottery money on our behalf. These are:

spending infographic icon
Lottery funding distributed since 1995

On March 24, 1995 the Arts Council of Wales made its first ever National Lottery award.

Pontarddulais Town Band was given £37,350 to build a new rehearsal hall. The Band is still going strong, winning prizes in UK competitions.

The hall is used at least twice a week for junior and senior rehearsals and is where many young people will enjoy playing music for the first time.

Much has been achieved since those early days of the National Lottery. In the 23 years since that first award we have:

Funded 13,502 projects throughout Wales

Distributed £287m of National Lottery funding