Lotteritilsynet, Norway’s lottery and gambling inspectorate, has confirmed that it has provided NOK 30 million (€3m) in direct relief for ‘volunteer organisations’ to help Norwegian communities overcome COVID-19 impacts.
This summer, Lotteritilsynet launched a ‘crisis fund’ allowing non-profits and volunteer groups to secure direct funding, helping organisations continue to provide vital support for Norway’s vulnerable communities.
Updating the media, Lotteritilsynet Director-General Gunn Merete Paulsen revealed that the regulator had received over 400 applications, of which 379 were granted for funding totalling NOK 30 million.
Providing direct relief to volunteer groups, Lotteritilsynet stated that its funds will support over 1,100 community projects and further social initiatives.
Lotteritilsynet launched the ‘crisis fund’ to assist the government’s ongoing COVID-19 relief programmes, noting that Norway’s volunteer organisations had seen a significant reduction in operating income disrupting their valuable community resources.
Leading the directive, Gunn Merete Paulsen confirmed that Lotteritilsynet had begun taking new non-profit applications for its second round of relief support, which will be sanctioned on 15 September.
“We are planning a batch payment as the applications are received so that the organizations that apply will receive the money as soon as possible,” Gunn Merete Paulsen said.