The National Lottery generates funds for good causes in the areas of sport and recreation, national culture and heritage (including the Irish language), the arts, health of the community, youth, welfare and amenities, and the natural environment. Funds raised by the National Lottery are transferred to the Exchequer and are used to part-finance expenditure by various Government Departments on projects in these categories. Any application for grants should be made to the relevant government department. For examples, applications relating to youth, welfare and amenities, should be made to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs