The Committee received a presentation from Jayne Boitoult, Community Development Officer, which updated on the Surrey Heath Lottery.
The Surrey Heath Lottery had been running since 2019 and empowered local charitable good causes to fundraise whilst also giving their supporters the opportunity to win up to £25,000. Over 65 local good causes had been part of the scheme and received a monthly income as a result. More than 400 people played the lottery every week and 60p of every £1 spent went to local good causes. Within its first 24 months, more than £40,000 had been raised for local good causes via the lottery.
During December 2020, a total of almost £8,000 was awarded to the 8 successful applicants of the first round of funding from the Annual Lottery Grant Scheme. Applications for the fund took the form of a simple online form and eligible local groups did not have to be registered as a local good cause in regards to the lottery.
Arising from the debate it was reiterated that Councillors were in a positive position to promote the Lottery and the Annual Lottery Grant Scheme to constituents and local good causes alike. In addition it was agreed that it would be useful for some text or some social media collateral to be created in order for Members to share to their various networks.
The Committee thanked Jayne for the informative update.