The Association of Guernsey Charities has launched the application process for charities to apply for a share of the money raised by this years Channel Islands Christmas Lottery.
Tickets for the draw are currently selling well, and the first prize is continuing to climb. Last year, the jackpot reached £751,500. As always, the proceeds from tickets sold in Guernsey will be given to the Association of Guernsey Charities to distribute to local organisations. 42 local charities benefited from the 2011 draw, which raised £213,898, and it is hoped that the 2012 draw will produce an even higher figure.
“It is really wonderful that so many people support the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery each year, and that the sums raised for charity have increased considerably over the past few years” said Malcolm Woodhams, Treasurer of the Association of Guernsey Charities. “With only two weeks to go until the draw, we hope that everyone will continue buying tickets, and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes, as well as helping local good causes.”
Over £2.5 million has been raised for Guernsey charities since 1986, when lottery money was first given to local causes.
Although the amount raised by this year’s draw isn’t yet known, charities can now start to apply for a share of the proceeds. The Association of Guernsey Charities, which handles the application process, is keen to encourage charities to start thinking of their funding requirements for 2013, and to submit an application if they meet the criteria. Grants have to be used within the island, and organisations must be a Registered Charity and be a member of the Association. The application process has been kept as easy and straightforward as possible, to encourage charities to apply.
Application packs, together with further details about applying for a grant are available on the Association of Guernsey Charities website, www.charity.org.gg. You can also follow news about local charities and the latest lottery first prize on the Association’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/guernseycharities
Completed applications have to be returned by the end of January.