Charity Grants

Christmas Lottery helps fund 40 local charities

The Association of Guernsey Charities has released details of the forty local projects to receive funding from the 2018 Christmas Lottery.  

Each year the proceeds from the Christmas Draw tickets sold in Guernsey are distributed to local organisations though a grants programme operated by the Association of Guernsey Charities.

The reformatted 2018 Christmas Draw raised £218,118 for Bailiwick good causes, an increase of £28,000 over the previous year.  The prize structure of the 2018 draw was extensively overhauled to refresh the game and raise additional funds for local charities.

In addition to the Christmas ticket containing a scratchcard with prizes up to £50,000, each had 4 numbers entered into the draw.  The ticket price was increased to £3 to cover the additional draw entries and significantly larger prize pot. 

Malcolm Woodhams, Chairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities, said “we are all very relieved and pleased that the changes to the 2018 Christmas Lottery had the desired effect and reversed the previous decline in Christmas Lottery profits.  We know the success of the draw is vitally important to charities, as most are finding it harder to raise the funds they urgently need for their work.”

“As usual, every application was read by all nine members of the AGC Council.  The process is time consuming but thorough as we try to ensure that the money will be used to maximum effect throughout the community.”
The total amount distributed to charities was £220,287.13, which comprised the £218,118 received from the 2018 Lottery, £1539.60 from a previously returned grant, and £629.53 from the Association’s reserves.

The Christmas Lottery proceeds have always been used to support a wide variety of small and large projects.  This year the smallest grant was £400 to Wellbeing Animals Guernsey, whereas the Guernsey Cheshire Home received over £26,000.  Five other charities received grants of £10,000 or more.

This year the Association of Guernsey Charities received 50 applications, requesting a total of over £1.3million – the highest value of requests ever received.

All applicants needed to give full details of their project or service, including information on how a grant would help the community.  Charities also need to disclose their annual accounts, and latest bank balances.

Malcolm Woodhams said, “we realise that charities take time to submit an application and tell us of their project and we thank everyone who applied.  Over the coming months, we look forward to hearing from the charities that received a grant with more details about how the money is being used, and the success of their projects.”

“On behalf of the charities, we would like to thank everyone who supported and bought tickets for the traditional Christmas Draw, and the many retailers and outlets that help sell tickets.  The Christmas Lottery is a true local institution.  Whilst it offers a bit of festive fun for many, its true importance is the money raised and the amount of fantastic work it enables charities to undertake to help our communities.”

Download the 2018 Christmas Lottery grants