Overview

In order to grow our game, The Lacrosse Foundation will assist fundraising through its platform for organisations with projects that meet the Vision, Mission and Aims and Objectives of the charity.

The Mission of The Lacrosse Foundation is to champion the growth and development of lacrosse in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

The overall objectives of The Lacrosse Foundation are to promote community participation in lacrosse, to assist providing facilities for lacrosse and to advance the education of young people in the sport of lacrosse.

 The information in this guide provides you with what you need to know about applying to fundraise through the Lacrosse Foundation but if you need any help, please contact us at info@thelacrossefoundation.co.uk

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Foundation has an account with MyDonate.co.uk which can be viewed online. Approved fundraisers can set up a fundraising page on MyDonate connected to our account. This should include information of the purpose for which you are raising funds and how you are doing so. It can include text and illustrations. We will collect the money on your behalf and pass it on to your bank.

As we are a charity, individuals who donate can add Gift Aid to their donations if they pay UK Income Tax. If they pay Higher Rate Tax the donor also receives tax relief. Gift Aid is paid to us by the Government and adds 25% to each donation. Higher Rate tax payers have their tax bill reduced by 25% of the amount that they donate.

Donors can pay using credit or debit cards. The only cost is the charge made by these providers which is generally 1 or 2% of the donation.

Once we have agreed to work with your project you will need to set up the fundraising page and give it publicity. We shall of course be mentioning your cause in our own communications.

WHO CAN APPLY TO FUNDRAISE THROUGH THE LACROSSE FOUNDATION?

Whilst helping organisations who share our aims we must ensure that we comply with the regulations that apply to charities.  So The Lacrosse Foundation will only allow fundraising through its platforms from charitable and reputable organisations and statutory bodies which includes affiliated clubs (non-affiliated clubs will not be eligible), educational institutions (including schools, further and higher education), and regional lacrosse leagues/associations if affiliated through their governing body.

Money raised can only be transferred to organisations that have a clear governance structure and written constitution which contains a clear not-for-profit statement and a distribution clause should the organisation dissolve.  Organisations also need to have their own bank account. No money that is raised through The Lacrosse Foundation will be paid to individual bank accounts.

What Will the lacrosse Foundation fund?

When considering what project you are fundraising for, please review the following guidance which shows the sort of projects that the Lacrosse Foundation will and will not fund through grants – this will give some direction on what projects we would and wouldn’t allow to be fundraised for through the Lacrosse Foundation:

  • Supports “championing the growth and development of lacrosse in Great Britain”.
  • The focus of beneficiaries for the project is Great Britain, projects that do not primarily benefit Great Britain should be discussed with the Lacrosse Foundation prior to applications being submitted.

WHAT WON’T THE LACROSSE FOUNDATION FUND?

  • Projects that do not address the Lacrosse Foundation mission and objectives;
  • The general running costs of an organisation (e.g. day to day expenses such as rent, gas, electricity, and insurance costs);
  • Replacement of equipment that has previously been funded by the Lacrosse Foundation unless you can demonstrate clearly why it is needed;
  • Items which only benefit an individual e.g. bursaries or kit and equipment that is not shared;
  • Salaries - except for coaching costs or fixed term positions needed to meet a specific project requirement. Funding of coaches must be clearly additional to usual expenditure;
  • Used road vehicles;
  • Fixed items of equipment which may require planning permission or may impact on any lease;
  • Contingency costs and VAT you can recover;
  • Projects involving travel to another country where a similar sporting benefit can be gained in Great Britain;
  • Sponsorship, endowments or loan repayments;
  • Proposals where the private benefit to an individual is greater than the wider public benefit, other than for persons in full-time education.