19 August 2019
Ministers have today announced proposals to change how Channel Islands Lottery funds are distributed among Jersey’s good causes.
If States Members approve the proposals, Lottery funds will be shared among a wide range of Jersey organisations, to benefit even more Islanders.
The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Development, Senator Lyndon Farnham, has lodged a proposition, to be debated in the autumn, which proposes that £500,000 of the 2018 Lottery proceeds should be distributed to members of the Association of Jersey Charities, continuing previous practice. The balance of £1,645,526 would be distributed to a wide range of community and charitable organisations through a new administrative body, GrantScape.
Having seen proceeds from the Channel Islands Lottery grow significantly in recent years, the proposal is for future proceeds to be distributed as follows:
- 40% to registered charities and voluntary organisations
- 20% to arts and culture
- 20% to heritage
- 20% to sport and active living
Lottery regulations stipulate that the proceeds from sales of all Channel Islands Lottery tickets are to be applied “in such manner and for such purposes of public benefit as the States shall from time to time by Act direct”. Currently, Lottery funds are shared primarily among members of the Association of Jersey Charities (AJC).
Under the proposed new system, the money available for general registered charities and voluntary organisations will increase, due to the overall increase in funds available and because charities in art and culture, heritage and sport will be funded through their separate allocations.
Senator Farnham said: “As the money raised by the Channel Islands Lottery has increased year by year, the potential to use it to support a wider range of good causes has grown, and it is time we made this change.
“I hope States Members will support the proposals, as this change will enable organisations in every corner of our island to bid for funds to enrich Islanders’ lives. These funds are completely separate from, and additional to, any money that organisations receive directly from the Government.
“I would like to thank the Association of Jersey Charities who have distributed the Jersey proceeds from the Channel Islands Lottery for many years.”
The Chair of the Association of Jersey Charities, Liz Le Poidevin, said: “The Association of Jersey Charities has, for many years, distributed Lottery profits to member charities and other good causes on a largely honorary basis. To maintain funding for the sector throughout the tender process we have used our own reserves and requested an interim drawdown. We will continue to provide services such as grants, training, information and advice to our members, and to the sector as a whole.”
The Government recently sought tenders to administrate the distribution of Jersey Lottery funds and has appointed a registered UK charity – GrantScape – which specialises in community benefit fund administration and management.
GrantScape, which has already administered more than £90 million of grant funds to projects across England and Wales, will take over the back-office operation of Jersey Lottery funds from the Association of Jersey Charities in October.
While GrantScape will administer the process, they will establish a specialist Grant Panel to help decide which applications should receive funding. Membership of the panel will include local organisations and individuals with expertise in each of the four funding streams.
GrantScape was one of five organisations from Jersey and the UK that submitted a tender, and the only one to meet all the criteria. As well as scoring the highest in technical assessments, its tender was also £200,000 more cost effective than other bids over a three-year period. The money saved will, instead, be available to good causes.
The Chief Executive of GrantScape, Matt Young, said: “GrantScape is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to manage the distribution of the Channel Islands Lottery funds in Jersey. We are really looking forward to meeting and working with Jersey communities to understand the local context and to help them apply for funding to support projects which benefit as many people as possible, across the Island.”
In 2018, the Association of Jersey Charities distributed just over £1 million to good causes, and have awarded just under £500,000 in the first half of 2019.
Lottery funds have grown from £445,414 in 2008 to £2.145 million in 2018.