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Charities fear drop in lottery grants to 'unpopular' causes Jan. 11th, 2005 12:32 pm
Voluntary sector leaders today warned that charities working with asylum seekers and refugees will stop receiving lottery cash after the new lottery distributor announced a change in the way it awards grants.

http://society.guardian.co.uk/lottery/story/0,8150,1387713,00.html?gusrc=rss

From: mooism
Date: January 11th, 2005 - 12:40 pm (Link)
Charities compromise themselves as soon as they apply for a grant from a state body anyway.
From: cookwitch
Date: January 11th, 2005 - 12:50 pm (Link)
They've always been a bit tight fisted.

We're in the middle of a project for a Healthy Living Centre (like a GP surgery plus social care plus health and fitness all in one) that the BLF was supposed to fund, at least partially. They have finally agreed to it but man, what a struggle! It is something the area desperately needs and yet we have had to wrangle like mad to get the monies secured. We're 5 months overdue to start construction already.

Causes seem to become 'fashionable' for a while and then drop out of favour, hence funding being withdrawn. It all seems to be an effort to make things politically more acceptable.
From: dennyd
Date: January 11th, 2005 - 02:07 pm (Link)
Being cynical, I wonder if the motivation for withdrawing funding from one project and giving it to another could also be related to the number of favourable press releases one can make each time one funds a project...

I'm guessing that the projects whose funding is withdrawn don't make the press half as prominently as those who have just been funded.
From: cookwitch
Date: January 11th, 2005 - 02:09 pm (Link)
I'd have to agree with you on all points there.
From: deliberateblank
Date: January 11th, 2005 - 06:39 pm (Link)
A range of new programmes to replace it will be decided later in the year following consultation, but its funding themes have already been prescribed by government. [...] “In future only groups that are working in areas close to government priorities such as education, childcare and health are likely to be considered for funding,”

At which point it starts looking less like charity, or the Good Causes that a portion of lottery takings have always been earmarked for, and looks more like a cynical attempt to top up normal public spending without using legitimate tax revenues.