Local small voluntary sector organisations who provide services across the BCP Council area are being encouraged to apply for the BH Coastal Lottery Small Grants Scheme before the deadline of Monday 31 May, with funds of up to £500 being awarded to qualifying good causes.
BH Coastal Lottery is a weekly lottery which raises money for the voluntary and community sector in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, helping them to provide services to local residents. The lottery has been operating for just over two years and has raised £118,370 for their 108 active registered good causes. The BH Coastal Lottery Community Fund, which provides the revenue for the small grant scheme, has raised just over £72,400.60.
Residents can support the BH Coastal Lottery by buying tickets, which cost £1 each, with the chance to win cash prizes of up to £25,000. From every £1 ticket purchased, 60p will go to local good causes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and improving our community. By providing 60% of ticket sales directly to local good causes, BH Coastal Lottery provides a higher and more generous ticket percentage than many other lotteries.
Since the launch of the lottery, supporters have won a total of £47,225.00, and have also won prizes including a digital entertainment bundle (including Amazon Echo Show8, Echo Dot and Fire7 Tablet) and two holiday breaks in a luxury beach lodge.
BH Coastal Lottery has already awarded £37,208.42 in small grants, which included emergency response grants during the first lockdown to support the provision of provide essential services to those most in need.
As a result, local good causes have been able to access funding for projects to help the local community including:
- one-to-one support and community groups for vulnerable children
- helping adults with learning difficulties into paid or voluntary work
- creating the first ever Asian radio show in Bournemouth
- debt and money management advice.
Councillor Jane Kelly, Lead member for Engagement said:
“We are indebted to the generous residents who are supporting local good causes by buying tickets for the BH Coastal Lottery. This valuable support for the voluntary sector has enabled many projects helping those in the greatest of need to be made possible as a result of the funding from the lottery.
“I would urge any small local good causes who need grant funding to apply to the BH Coastal Lottery before the deadline of 31 May to help them continue their valuable work and make a difference in the community.”
The grant scheme is open to small voluntary and community organisations with an income of less than £50,000 per year. The Small Grants scheme application form and eligibility criteria can be found here
More information about the BH Coastal Lottery can be found at: bhcoastallottery.co.uk