The Health CICs were established and are conducted to tackle health inequalities in their local areas.
The Health Lottery Scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain. They raise money for health-related good causes within each of their individual community areas.
Each Health Community Interest Company (CIC) is licensed by the Gambling Commission to promote its own lottery, which it does through The Heath Lottery. Its objective is to ensure that the individual communities receive their good cause's money to enable them to address health related issues within their community.
The grant-making process is determined by local need and requirement and, through the 51 CICs, every region in Great Britain will benefit. These lotteries are operated under a single brand, The Health Lottery, but each ticket will have the name of the CICs which will benefit from that particular week's draw. Information on this can also be obtained from The Health Lottery website, via its helpline 0844 375 5555 and from Health Lottery retailers where you can buy tickets. Calls to The Health Lottery will be charged at 5p per minute from a BT landline. Charges from other service providers will vary.
The Health CICs have a very specific focus on providing funding where there are health inequalities which are currently not being met by other financial sources. Alongside our partner registered charity, People's Health Trust (PHT) we have a very robust process in place which ensures the right organisations get the money.
To ensure that grants do help reduce health inequalities the entire process is strictly regulated by the CIC Regulator and the Charity Commission which monitors all these activities. Grants are sometimes made in instalments to ensure all money is being used for the intended purpose. PHT has follow-up processes to monitor the progress of projects given grants.