Local Community Groups, Charities and Organisations Invited to the Community Lottery Launch

Salisbury City Council is inviting local charities, groups and Community Interest Companies (CICs) to a Good Causes launch as part of the much anticipated Salisbury Community Lottery.

A previously announced, the lottery will have a weekly draw, with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers, other prizes being £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.

The virtual event will be held on Monday 11 January and will give charities, groups and CICs the opportunity to find out more about the lottery, how it will work for them and how they then can apply to be a “good cause”. All groups are welcome to apply, from PTAs to Scout troops, sports clubs and everything in between.

Community lottery tickets will cost £1 each with 60p going towards local good causes, compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery. Salisbury’s good causes will be able to set up their own lottery page and will receive 50p in every pound spent by players using this method. A further 10p in every pound will go into the Salisbury City Council Community Grant Fund which is also used to support local initiatives, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT.

Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the Salisbury City Community Lottery, with 60p of their ticket price going into the Community Grant Fund, which will be distributed by the City Council.

In order to attend the launch, charities, CICs and groups will need to register their interest by emailing lottery@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk and an invitation will be sent closer to the date. The event will begin with a welcome from the Mayor of the City of Salisbury and the Leader of the Council, which will be followed by a presentation from Gatherwell on how it all works and then a Q&A session. Information can be sent to those who are unable to attend the launch but registration is still required.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr John Walsh said

“This is an opportunity for community groups and organisations to find out more about how they can be part of the Salisbury Community Lottery, and bring in funds for their local good cause. There is no cost to the organisation to be involved, so come along in January to find out more and get involved in this new Salisbury venture.”

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