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What we have funded
How has Olympic Lottery money been spent?

The OLD has taken decisions to award grants, subject to the limitations of its remit (for more information on this please see the OLD Funding Policy on the publications page of this website).  In making decisions on whether to fund projects, the OLD Board was also keen to ensure the Lottery playing public benefited from the work it supported and that the OLD funds committed would be used prudently and effectively.

Funded Projects

Since January 2006, the Olympic Lottery Distributor has funded the following organisations and projects:

£1,705,814,059 to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for the venues and infrastructure of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

£66,000,000 to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) for the staging of the Paralympic Games.

£16,524,290 to LOCOG for the Cultural Olympiad and its culmination, the London 2012 Festival.

£3,420,000 to LOCOG for Live Sites - the UK network of big screens.

£680,657 to the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) for 'In the Parks', a project aiming to increase long term participation in sport across five of the Olympic host boroughs (Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest).

£1,951,266 to ELBA for 'Transformers', a small grants programme supporting community projects which enabled East London communities to take part in activities which celebrated the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

£155,000 to the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) 2012 for its International Scholarship Scheme and Young Investigators' Award.

Unsuccessful applications

Like any other Lottery distributor, the OLD took a robust stance to ensure that the programmes it funded lay within its legal remit, involved an acceptable level of risk and offered the best available value for money.  As a result, a number of the proposals which the Board was asked to consider were not taken forward.  In some cases, the Board concluded that it would not be appropriate to accept formal applications for projects. In other cases, applications were considered and rejected. Bodies that successfully applied for funds did not necessarily receive all that they asked for and where grant was offered to support a wide range of projects, the OLD refused, in certain cases, to permit Lottery funds to be used for certain activities identified by the recipient.

Further information on all projects considered by the OLD Board can be found in the Board's summary minutes on the publications page of this website.

Reductions in awards

The OLD Board was keen that any funds which were not required by funded projects would be retained by the Lottery.  Projects were carefully monitored throughout their life and in November 2012, abatements of grants by £26,301,263 were agreed by the Board.  These funds will remain in the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund (OLDF) and will ultimately be returned to the National Lottery Distribution Fund to be made available for alternative good causes.