The Association of Guernsey Charities has announced details of the 34 charities who will receive a grant from the 2016 Christmas Lottery.Each year, money raised by the draw is given to local good causes.
For many years, the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has been a crucial fundraiser for local charities. Last week, the Association of Guernsey Charities received £212,677, which was raised through sales of tickets in Guernsey.
Earlier this year, the Association invited charities to apply for a share of the funds by submitting an application to explain their requirements.This year they received applications from 56 charities, asking for more than£800,000.
Association of Guernsey Charities Vice Chairman, Malcolm Woodhams, said “It is always an extremely difficult decision to make as there are clearly so many charities urgently needing funds in order that they can continue their work. The AGC Council is careful to use the lottery funds to support a wide range of projects which will benefit all sectors of the community. We know that some charities will unfortunately be disappointed not to receive a grant, but we simply do not have enough money to support as many projects as we would like”.
The Association’s Council comprises nine people, each of whom individually review all of the applications from charities. The Council then meet to discuss each application, and compile a proposal for the distribution. This had to be agreed by the States of Guernsey.
This year’s grants range from £600 up to £26,827.
Malcolm Woodhams said “We thank all of the charities who took the time to send in applications and tell us about their plans and projects. We are also very grateful to everyone who bought tickets for the Christmas Lottery. Whilst we know that everyone secretly hopes to win a prize,the draw seems to maintain its popularity as everyone knows that the money raised will help so many people via the island’s charities. The Channel Islands is lucky to have such a successful charity lottery each Christmas”.
Full list of 2016 lottery grants