Council lotteries raise millions for local causes

With the recent addition of Middlesbrough Council, over 80 local authorities across the UK are now raising community funds with a lottery provided by Gatherwell, the UK’s only council lottery specialists. Since 2015 local authority lotteries have been acknowledged as a solution to the ever increasing pressures on councils to maintain community grant funding levels.  Many discretionary community budgets have been redirected to deal with the pandemic, which in turn, has left many small local organisations and groups financially stranded. This makes the new, unrestricted income stream generated by a council lottery invaluable to councils and community groups alike.


Benefits of a council lottery:

  • Innovative, low-cost source of new unrestricted income
  • Local community groups promote the lottery and raise funds through it
  • Operated online through a platform with full council oversight
  • A massive 60p in the pound goes directly to local causes and the council
  • Safe, ethical and fun*

New unrestricted income stream

Gatherwell has years of experience in designing lotteries that help councils and the third sector gain access to new funding streams. Local community groups can join the lottery and sell tickets to raise income directly. Most councils also establish a central pot or ‘community fund’ that they distribute as they wish. Gatherwell lottery platforms are built to give the council oversight and control over which local charities and good causes can benefit from the funds raised.

Mieka Smiles, executive member for culture and communities at Middlesbrough Council, said the new lottery could bolster the town’s events budget, “You only need to look at the likes of the Orange Pip or the Big Weekend to see what they can bring – it’s economic, with footfall and people spending money in town centre businesses but also it’s about having a sense of pride and belonging.”

Gatherwell lotteries are run exclusively online, meaning community groups can raise money easily at a time when face-to-face fundraising events are not possible. A massive 60p in the £1 ticket goes directly back to local good causes and the council. This is almost double the amount other national lottery providers give back. As this is a recurring weekly lottery, once supporters sign up to play, they generally carry on giving to charity and good causes on a regular basis which is the absolute goal for all fundraising initiatives.

Gatherwell was awarded Lottery Provider of the Year 2019 by the Lotteries Council, meaning that you can trust us to provide ethical, secure and reliable lottery services. For more information about starting a lottery with Gatherwell, contact us today.

*Council lotteries are classed as a ‘low risk’ form of gambling by the Gambling Commission. Gatherwell operates strict safeguards to ensure that those who purchase tickets are playing for the right reasons. 


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