A move to set up an online lottery in Tendring to benefit good causes has taken a step forward.
With increased pressure on finances Tendring District Council (TDC) is looking at ways that it can continue to support the voluntary and community sectors with funding.
A lottery has the potential to boost funding for local organisations - and a possible model has been suggested.
A proportion of the funds raised will be distributed by the Council and Cabinet was keen to see these proceeds allocated through the Big Society Fund panel with fair shares being spread across the District.
The idea was put forward by Lynda McWilliams, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Health and Education, and has now got the initial backing of the Cabinet provided certain conditions are met.
The Cabinet has also asked for a consultation with local charities to get their feedback on the idea and to ensure that smaller charities do not miss out.
Cllr McWilliams said that the scheme is at an early stage and she is pleased that there is interest to take it forward.
“It will mean that deserving charities within Tendring will be able to apply for funds from the Tendring lottery,” she added.
TDC Leader Neil Stock said that it could be an innovative way of raising funds for organisations.
A further report will be taken to a future meeting of the Cabinet.
The possibility of a Tendring online lottery has previously been considered by the Council’s Community Leadership and Partnership Committee.