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Lottery distribution proposal is withdrawn

06 September 2019


The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism Sport and Culture (EDTSC) is withdrawing the proposition ‘Channel Islands Lottery: Allocation of Proceeds from 2018’ after local individuals and community bodies came forward to offer their expertise to find a bespoke solution for Jersey.

The proposition proposed that in future lottery funds should be distributed through a new administrative system, provided by UK-based charity Grantscape, and a new panel of island residents would be created to decide on the recipients. Grantscape was selected after a public tender process.

Since then, a number of local groups and individuals who did not initially bid for the work have approached EDTSC, including Mike Graham, General Manager of the Bosdet Foundation. He said: “The process has woken us up and should be a spur to delivering excellence for our community groups and those in need. It has helped us reflect as a charity community on what could be, so this is about moving us forward in a new way with a set-up that is something we can all buy into and be proud of.”

Senator Lyndon Farnham said: “I would like to thank the Association of Jersey Charities who have been allocating lottery funds since 1981 with some operating costs covered from lottery proceeds. Recently, the Lottery income has increased significantly - up from £700,000 in 2014 to £2.1 million in 2018 – and while this is very good news, it creates a much larger workload in terms of distributing the funds.

“We reached a point where we all recognised, the AJC included, that we needed to review how lottery proceeds are allocated and monitored and that the level of governance reflected the increase in funds available. We also want to find a new and simplified system to allocate funding more widely so that increased numbers of islanders can benefit in areas such as the arts, culture, sport and the third sector.”

Senator Farnham added: “There was a robust and clear tender process and UK charity Grantscape were clear winners, offering a modern, online service with strong governance and accountability and at the lowest price. If people in our own community can provide this level of service then of course we would prefer to keep the work on-island.

“I am pleased to say that Jersey residents with relevant expertise have come forward since the proposal was published and have offered potential alternatives and I very much hope we can have a new local body in place by March 2020.”

Once a new grant allocation system is in place, the lottery funds will be shared out as follows:

  • 40% to registered charities and voluntary groups
  • 20% to arts and culture
  • 20% to heritage
  • 20% to sport and active living

In the interim, a new proposition will be lodged to allow the AJC to continue to allocate proceeds from the 2018 lottery.

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