Televised lottery in Wales to distribute £5m to good causes

Tickets for Loteri Cymru will go on sale from 10 April and the live draw will take place every Friday

Community groups and grass-roots charities in Wales are being invited to bid for a share of £5m of funding generated by Wales’s weekly televised lottery, due to start this month.

Hanfod Cymru, the charity set up to distribute the funds raised by the new lottery, Loteri Cymru, said it planned to hand out £5m in the next five years.

Tickets for Loteri Cymru will go on sale for £1 each from 10 April, and the first live draw, offering prizes of up to £25,000, will take place every Friday, starting from 28 April.

In a statement, Loteri Cymru said it planned to give a minimum of 20 per cent of the proceeds of the lottery’s gross ticket sales to good causes. Third Sector understands it plans to increase this percentage in the future.

The application process for Hanford Cymru’s initial small grants programme, which will award grants of up to £10,000, is open now.

The programme is open to registered charities operating in Wales and, although the applications process does not specify what size of charity can apply, Hanford Cymru’s website says it aims to support grass-roots organisations.

Grants made from the fund are intended to be one-off contributions to activities or the purchase of equipment or expertise, and can be used to pilot or try out new activities, the application says.

Programmes offering funding of £10,000 to £75,000 and £75,000 to £200,000 are due to open for applications later this year.

Marc Phillips, Hanfod Cymru’s interim chief executive, said in a statement: "Hanfod Cymru will be dedicated to supporting initiatives that make a tangible difference in local communities the length and breadth of Wales, many of which can struggle to find funding to support their activities." 

Hanfod Cymru has its own board of trustees and will operate independently of Loteri Cymru, which is a community interest company.

Gareth Davies, chair of Loteri Cymru, said: "The whole basis of Loteri Cymru is to create a win-win for the people and places of Wales, where individuals can afford to try their luck at winning a life-enhancing jackpot and their local communities benefit too."

More information about applying for a Hanfod Cymru grant can be found on the charity’s website.

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