Jersey Sport has today responded to the news that the Government of Jersey will no longer be awarding the distribution of CI Lottery funding to UK based charity Grantscape.
Phil Austin, Jersey Sport Chairman said, “We welcome the fact that the Minister’s announcement makes it clear Sport and Active Living will receive 20% allocation of the lottery funds once the new grant allocation system is in place. The delay in implementing the process is somewhat unfortunate as this will impact sports bodies and active living projects being able to access the funds immediately.
Over the last few months Jersey Sport has been working hard behind the scenes with sports bodies, in readiness for programmes to launch this October, but now it will be some months before Lottery funds can benefit members of the local community.
We respect the Government’s decision to retract its appointment of Grantscape as the CI Lottery funds distributor, in favour of new on-island body. Jersey Sport supports the principal of setting up an on-island body to manage the lottery proceeds going forward and we will assist in any way we can.
We will now work with the Government of Jersey to offer recommendations that would allow applications from sports bodies and active living projects to be considered and provided with funding, in the interim, whilst the new CI Lottery distribution body and process is being created.
Enormous benefits to the island will be achieved in deploying the proceeds of the CI Lottery across charities, arts, heritage and sport, so we are keen to see progress being made.”