HC Deb 10 April 2000 vol 348 cc57-8W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for Heritage Lottery funding were made and how many projects approved in each of the last three years; if sufficient funding was available to match applications; and if he will make a statement. [116516]

Mr. George Howarth

Details of applications received and approved in the last three years are as follows:

Applications received Applications approved
1997–98 57 26
1998–99 109 59
1999–00 1157 60
1 34 applications are still live

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) takes a flexible approach to Partnership Funding. Applications made through the Mains Grant or Revenue programmes can receive up to 90 per cent. HLF funding for projects up to £100,000 and 75 per cent. for projects over that amount. Through these programmes in Northern Ireland the Heritage Lottery Fund is not aware of any projects which have received HLF awards failing because of applicants' inability to secure partnership funding.