The Christmas Lottery raised more than £290,000 for local charities, and 39 organisations will benefit from the first set of grants.
The Association of Guernsey Charities (AGC) received £291,512.31 from the Guernsey sales of the 2014 draw, an increase of nearly 40% over the previous year. This was partly due to an increase in ticket sales but, more significantly, any unclaimed prizes from the previous year are also given to the AGC to distribute.
The change to the law concerning the Channel Islands Lottery, approved by the States of Guernsey last September, also agreed to distribute the unclaimed prizes fund which had accumulated over many years. The AGC received an additional payment of £97,239 to be given to charities.
Each year the Association of Guernsey Charities invites local organisations to apply for grants which must be used for local projects, or services which benefit the local community.
Association of Guernsey Charities Vice Chairman, Malcolm Woodhams, explained “It is vital that the Christmas Lottery is well supported each year as many charities are trying to expand the services that they provide. Guernsey is fortunate to have a tremendously generous community, supporting a wide variety of good causes. Through the Christmas Lottery we are able to provide significant funding to help charities with their work, and we are keen to support a broad range of projects both large and small.”
This initial distribution of the Christmas Lottery proceeds will benefit 39 organisations, with grants ranging from £950 up to £26,051. The Association has chosen to hold back some of the proceeds for a further distribution later this year. Details will be sent to member organisations in due course.
The Association of Guernsey Charities has received the proceeds from Guernsey sales of Christmas Lottery tickets since 1986, and over £3.2 million has been raised. When the States debated the lottery last September, they unanimously agreed to protect and ring-fence the Christmas Draw proceeds for local charities. The States also acknowledged the work of the Association of Guernsey Charities in organising and running the grant distribution process, as well as playing a significant role in promoting the lottery.
This year, the AGC received 51 applications from organisations wanting a grant from the Christmas Lottery, and the Association thanks all charities who took the time to send in details about their projects and schemes. Applications have to be supported by a full set of accounts and, in many cases, there is a considerable amount of detail submitted. Every application is read by each of the 9 AGC Council members, before they meet to discuss and decide on a proposed distribution. This is ratified by the States Department for Culture and Leisure, which oversees the operation of the Channel Islands Lottery.
The AGC is also keen to thank everybody who supported the draw, including all of the shops, agents, and retail outlets selling tickets. Malcolm Woodhams commented “The AGC Council is careful to ensure that they Christmas Lottery proceeds will benefit the wider community. Every year, so many people enthusiastically buy tickets and support the Christmas Lottery. We know that its great success is that everybody knows the money raised is going to help local good causes”.