Published Tuesday, 08 July 2014
The Odyssey was granted lottery funding in 1997. (© Pacemaker)
Attractions such as the SS Nomadic and Lyric Theatre in Belfast, the Giant's Causeway visitor centre on the North Coast and Londonderry's Millennium Forum have been among the almost 20,000 local projects to benefit from lottery funding in the 20 years since it started.
The biggest single grant was £45m for the Odyssey centre in Belfast in 1997.
Joanne McDowell, of the NI National Lottery Forum and Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said charities and projects aimed improving health, education and the environment have received over £350m.
"Northern Ireland's social, economic, cultural and physical landscape has changed immeasurably since 1994," she explained.
"We are proud to have played our part by investing more than £1billion to improve communities, change lives and fund a better future. The National Lottery has helped ensure there is something relevant and local to everyone in the ever lengthening list of Lottery-funded projects.
"The scale and depth of our involvement and investment in Northern Ireland is now interwoven in the fabric of life here - in sport, in the arts, in heritage and in the community.
"Change continues to be the motivator of progress and for the last 20 years National Lottery players can be proud of the role they have played in making a real difference in Northern Ireland."
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