The Association of Guernsey Charities is reminding local charities that they can apply for a share of the money raised by last year’s record Christmas Lottery. As always, the proceeds from the Channel Island Christmas Lottery will be distributed to local good causes.
Although the amount of money raised by the 2013 draw is not yet known, local charitable organisations need to submit their applications this month to be considered for a grant.
“This Christmas Lottery was amazingly successful with the new £2 tickets proving extremely popular” said Malcolm Woodhams, Vice-Chairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities. “This is important because so many people benefit when local charities are able to provide services or projects as a result of a lottery grant. We encourage all charities to think about their funding needs for 2014 and submit an application for funding where required.”
The 2013 Christmas Lottery saw the introduction of new £2 double chance tickets and, for the first time, the first prize climbed to over £1 million.
The Association of Guernsey Charities, which handles the local distribution of funds, is keen to support the widest variety of projects throughout the island. Over the past five years, more than 80 local charities have benefitted from lottery funding.
The 2012 Christmas Lottery raised £190,589 for charities in Guernsey, and it is expected that the 2013 draw will have raised substantially more. The Association would like to thank everyone who helped to make the draw such a great success, including all of the shops, outlets, agents, and charity stores that sold tickets. Malcolm Woodhams said, “Whilst everyone would clearly love to win a large sum of money, we’re sure part of the reason the Christmas Lottery is incredibly popular is that everyone knows the proceeds will be put to good use by the island’s charities which, ultimately, will help many hundreds of people”.
To apply for a grant, charities need to download an application form from the Association’s website, www.charity.org.gg where they can also find more details about the application process. Organisations need to be a Registered Charity, and a member of the Association. Grants can be given for work or projects in Guernsey, or for the benefit of islanders, during 2014. The Association is keen to point out that they try to keep the application form easy and straight-forward to complete, but they ask organisations to give as much information as possible to help with the decision making process.
Completed applications, together with annual accounts, need to be received by the Association of Guernsey Charities no later than Friday 31 January.
Once all applications are received, the eight members of the Association’s Council will each read every application and supporting information. The Council then meet to discuss the applications, and decide on grants.