Henry Moore, Seated Figures (Studies for Sculpture), (detail), 1957. Purchased by the Trust in 1962

Gift Aid Your Visit

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a government scheme, administered by the HM Revenue and Customs Department, which enables charities to reclaim the basic rate tax you have paid as a tax payer – an extra 25p for every £1 of the total paid. It makes a massive difference to charities like us

Why are we asking for donations on top of the admission fee?

The rules governing Gift Aid on admissions to charitable attractions, like us, changed from 6 April 2006. The Government’s new scheme state that charities can only claim Gift Aid on daily admission tickets if visitors who are UK tax payers give a voluntary donation of at least 10% more than the standard admission fee.

For example, if the admission price is £7.20, and an additional donation of 75p is given; we raise an extra £2.74 in total (the additional 75p donation plus the £1.99 claimed from the Government, based on 25p for every £1 paid).

Why should I make a donation?

Lakeland Arts is a registered charity and the money we raise from Gift Aid makes a valuable difference to the upkeep of our Grade I listed buildings and to the exhibition and event programme at all our venues.

Who is eligible for Gift Aid?

Everybody is welcome to make a donation to Lakeland Arts and as a charity we rely on support from a wide range of sources including membership subscriptions, grants and legacies. However, only UK taxpayers can fill in the Gift Aid declaration which will enable us to make the claim from the Government. If you pay tax at the higher rate you can claim further tax relief on your self assessment tax form. Further information is available on the HMRC website.

Where does the money go?

Making a donation today will enable Lakeland Arts to continue:

  • caring for and developing permanent collections and Listed Buildings for enjoyment by present and future generations, with particular strengths in collections of 18th and 19th century paintings and watercolours, modern and contemporary art, Windermere steamboats and Lake District social and industrial history;
  • creating new opportunities for children and young people to experience and be inspired by arts and heritage;
  • offering high quality visitor experiences and encouraging visitors to explore the interiors of Blackwell and Abbot Hall and exhibitions and displays in relaxed and informal ways.

Has the Gift Aid scheme changed for all charities?

The rules have only changed for charities which charge an admission fee.

If you have any further questions about Gift Aid when you visit please ask any member of staff who will be happy to help. Alternatively if you require further information please visit the HMRC website.

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