Good Cause Partners: Eligibility to Apply and Terms and Conditions

Voluntary and community groups working in the Cherwell District can apply free of charge to become Community Lottery Good Cause Partners. Good Cause Partners encourage their supporters to buy tickets for the Cherwell Community Lottery, and receive 50p from each £1 ticket sold. Of every £1 ticket sold, 10p will automatically go into the Cherwell Community Grant Fund.


Organisations eligible to become a Good Cause Partner

As Good Cause Partners will be joining under Cherwell District Council's gambling licence (Gambling Act 2005) the Council must ensure that they meet certain criteria.

Good Cause Partners must be not-for-profit1 community or voluntary groups that operate within the Cherwell District, providing facilities, activities or services for the benefit of Cherwell District Council's residents. Partners may be charities (registered or unregistered), social enterprises, clubs, associations, societies or community interest companies, and should have a constitution document.


Organisations not eligible to become a Good Cause Partner:

  • Groups promoting a particular religious or political belief or activity, or a campaign that does not directly relate to the provision of community activities or services within the Cherwell District or any radicalised, anti-social or potentially controversial activity or ethos
  • Organisations that do not operate within Cherwell District Council's boundaries
  • Individuals
  • Businesses or organisations which aim to distribute a profit to their members or shareholders
  • Informal organisations or associations with no established management committee/board of trustees

Additionally, Cherwell District Council reserves the right in its absolute discretion to reject any application to become a Good Cause Partner for any reason, or to terminate the participation of any organisation as a Good Cause Partner with a minimum of 7 days' notice for any reason, unless fraudulent or illegal activity is suspected, in which case termination will be immediate.


Terms & Conditions

Good Cause Partners agree to:

  • Actively promote the Cherwell District Community Lottery, using the marketing materials provided to promote the community aims of the organisation in an appropriate manner
  • Aim for at least 20 ticket sales in the first four weeks and maintain a minimum of 20 supporters at any time
  • Provide a copy of their constitution and other documents on request to Cherwell District Council or its partners
  • Wherever possible, acknowledge the funding from Cherwell Community Lottery in its marketing materials, website and premises
  • Inform Cherwell District Council immediately if they intend to disband, change their aims, amend their legal status, or commit to any other policy that may affect their eligibility for the scheme

Application requirements

An applicant organisation will need to:

  • Demonstrate the service it is providing, by giving details of its activities and the number of people it is in contact with
  • Have, and provide details of, its own bank account
  • Have, and provide copy of, a formal constitution or set of rules.
  • Demonstrate that it actively promotes equality and safeguarding within its structure and operations

Personal data

Cherwell District Council agrees (and the Council will ensure its lottery manager will agree) to adhere to all law and regulation relating to the use of the applicant's personal data and the privacy of electronic communications, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679


What Good Cause Partners will receive

As well as receiving its own page on the Cherwell Community Lottery website, each Good Cause Partner will also be given access to its own dashboard to monitor ticket sales. They will be provided with templates to easily create branded posters and marketing materials featuring their own logo - to promote themselves as a Good Cause Partner with the Cherwell Community Lottery, and encourage people to become supporters.


Cherwell District Council and Gatherwell

Cherwell District Council has appointed Gatherwell Ltd. to manage the Cherwell Community Lottery on its behalf. Cherwell District Council holds the appropriate Gambling Licence, and is registered with the Lotteries Council.

Cherwell District Council retains the right to publicise all beneficiaries of the lottery funding.


1 Definition of "not-for-profit": Not-for-profit describes a type of organisation that does not earn profits for its owners. All of the money earned by or donated to a not-for-profit organisation is used in pursuing the organisation's objectives and keeping it running.