Community station Radio Scilly is inviting grant applications from local clubs and societies to benefit from surplus funds of the Scilly Lottery.
Radio Scilly is part funded by the lottery that its founders created to support the not-for-profit service. Since launching in March, the Scilly Lottery now has 1500 people paying £1 to enter the weekly draw. After the prize money is paid, the remaining funds go to good causes and Radio Scilly.
The station has invited grant applications this weekend and the first award to islands causes will be made to coincide with Radio Scilly’s first birthday on September 3rd. The Scilly Lottery is also funding a six-month paid radio skills course for one islander at Radio Scilly and at mainland venues. The Lottery will also meet the mainland travel and accommodation costs and provide a full time position at Radio Scilly on completion of the course. This is in line with Radio Scilly’s objective to provide year-round quality employment on the islands by developing local skills. The opportunity is only open to residents of Scilly.
Managing Director Keri Jones said: "Radio Scilly’s goal has always been to make a real difference to islanders’ lives. We’ve achieved this on-air by fusing best practice in commercial and community radio. Each day, we offer extensive islands news coverage that our listeners cannot get anywhere else and we produce uniquely local content generated by our large team of volunteers.
"We’ve ensured that the community is involved with and interacts with our programming. Now we can take our social gain objectives beyond traditional radio. I’m really excited that we can now put something back and offer material benefits to good causes and individuals on our islands.”