We have not yet raised sufficient funds to award grants but when we do, they will appear here
See here for information about how the funds raised will be allocated and to whom but, basically, any local group or events organiser can apply for fund if they’re a bone fide group or organisation and the project or event benefits the town and the community. In addition, we are saving-up some of the monies towards major town events such as Airshows, Festivals, Christmas Lights etc.
Yes, you can. You can set up a donation via PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account) below, choose whether your donation is a one-off or you would like to make it a regular amount and your donations will be added to the fund.
No. You will be automatically notified by email and by post.
We looked closely at that option but we found that the cost of running it, licensing etc. was too high and that it would represent a significant financial risk if we were not able to underwrite the prize money each week and make the prizes worthwhile. By partnering with Sterling Lotteries and taking part in their Unity Lottery, we reduce the financial risk and are able to offer prizes way above what would normally be possible. The downside, of course, is that the odds of winning are greater, although much, much better than the National Lottery!
The odds of winning any prize is around 1 in 63.
- 6 digits in the correct place wins £25,000
- 5 digits in the correct place wins £1,000
- 4 digits in the correct place wins £25
- 3 digits in the correct place wins 5 entries into the next draw
This fund-o-meter will be updated monthly as a minimum
No, sorry. Presently the only method of payment is via Direct Debit.
Where does the money go, exactly?
For every £1 you play, 50p will go straight to The Herne Bay Coastal Community Team who will then award grants to local groups and events.
Unity’s running costs are kept as low as possible so that most of the remaining 50p can go straight into our weekly prize fund. So for every £1 you play each week, you’ll have another chance to win prizes of up to £25,000!
You can pay for as many weekly entries as you like!
|1 chance to win||2 chances to win||3 chances to win|
|50p goes straight to your chosen cause each week||£1 goes straight to your chosen cause each week||£1.50 goes straight to your chosen cause each week|
Please note, you need to be 16 or over in order to play the Unity Lottery.
Simply because while 50p of each pound comes directly to Herne Bay, the lions’ share of the other 50p goes into the prize fund while a small amount also goes towards administration costs such as postage, licensing and lottery management. It’s actually a very good deal.
Did you know? Virtually every event and project undertaken in Herne Bay, from the development and upkeep of the pier to the restoration of the clock tower, Herne Bay Festival, Carnival, Airshow and a myriad of smaller projects have been funded by and organised by local community groups who have raised funds through business and individual donations and, in some cases, grants from national bodies and central government. Alas funding is becoming more and more challenging and difficult to access.
That is why we needed to do something different to secure the vibrant events scene we already enjoy as well as fund-raise towards more ambitious projects which will help to ensure Herne Bay is a place where people find a range of good-quality, sustainable job opportunities and where our young people can thrive, develop and go on to be the future business owners, tradespeople and entrepreneurs in Herne Bay.
It’s an ambitious plan but, one which needs to happen in order to make Herne Bay a fun, vibrant, prosperous and safe place to live, work and visit for future generations. It really is that vital.
The distinct message coming down from central government is devolvement of powers and decision-making to the community but that also means looking to us, the community, to raise the necessary money and find the required resources.