East Staffordshire Community Lottery

Published: June 28, 2023

East Staffordshire Borough Council is pleased to announce the launch of the East Staffordshire Community Lottery, an exciting new fundraising initiative for local community groups and organisations. This will continue the work of the Council in supporting and working with the voluntary community sector in the Borough along with its existing community grant schemes.

The Council has appointed leading lottery management company, Gatherwell, to run the scheme.

What is a community lottery?

A community lottery can provide a unique fundraising opportunity for the local community and voluntary sector potentially benefiting a wide range of organisations, small and large. It can create a regular additional funding stream for local organisations with proceeds from ticket sales delivered locally to benefit good causes in East Staffordshire.

The community lottery puts residents and local community organisations in the driving seat: residents can choose to get involved, choose who they want to help raise money for and see the local benefit of their participation. Voluntary and community organisation can choose whether they wish to get involved and are able to boost their own fundraising with minimal time and effort.

How does a community lottery work?

Tickets are purchased online, through a direct debit or payment card, and cost £1 each. This will be done through the East Staffordshire Community Lottery website and the process is managed by Gatherwell.

60% of each ticket sale goes towards local good causes and lottery players can decide whether:

  • The whole 60% goes to a central good causes fund managed by the Council or;
  • 50% goes to a nominated good cause registered with the lottery and selected by the player with the remaining 10% allocated to the Council’s central good causes fund

Local community groups and organisations are encouraged to sign up as a good cause, free of charge.

The remaining 40% goes to the lottery management company (Gatherwell) to contribute towards the prize fund, admin and running costs

What next?

If your organisation would like to sign up as a good cause then take a look at the website – it’s quick, easy and free to do. If you would like any further information about what it’s all about then please contact Sara Botham on sara.botham@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Key Dates:

27th June – Ticket sales go live. From this point you can encourage your supporters to join in to support your cause

22nd July – first lottery draw.

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