Local charities are reminded that they can now apply for a share of the money raised by last year’s Christmas Lottery. As always, the proceeds from the Christmas Draw are given to Channel Island charities. In Guernsey, organisations can apply to the Association of Guernsey Charities for a grant.
Although the amount of money raised by the 2012 draw is not yet known, local charitable organisations need to submit their applications this month in order to be considered for a share of the funds.
“Although Christmas Lottery tickets only cost £1 each, the annual draw raises an amazing amount of money for charities each year” said Malcolm Woodhams, Treasurer of the Association of Guernsey Charities. “We know that some charities are finding it difficult to raise the money that they need in order to provide their services, so we want to encourage all organisations to think of their funding requirements for 2013 and apply for a share of these proceeds.”
To apply, charities will need to download an application form from the Association’s website, www.charity.org.gg which also has more details about the application process. Only officially registered charities are able to apply for lottery grants and they must be members of the Association of Guernsey Charities. Grants can only be given for services or projects in Guernsey during 2013. 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 need to be submitted to the Association no later than 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.
Over the past five years, 86 different local organisations have received lottery grants, and the Association of Guernsey Charities, is keen to emphasise that all applications will be considered.