How It Works


National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2018

How the Competition Works 

The competition will consist of three rounds of judging. The competition will involve County and Regional finals, culminating in the National Final which will be a Gala Awards dinner on Saturday 3rd November 2018.

Who is eligible to enter?

Individuals or members of a community project, a sports club or organization which has received National Lottery funding between the years 2014-2016, can enter the 2018 awards. Beneficiaries are judged on how their funds were used to have the most impact on their local community, members or service users. 

Competition Stages

The first is a county stage where six category winners will be named from each county in the Republic of Ireland.

These winners will then go to the next stage of the competition: the regional stage where six regional winners from each category will go forward to the National final. This will culminate at a Gala Awards ceremony in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin on Saturday 3rd November where six of these projects will win a €10,000 cash prize for each category.

The winning does not stop there as one of those winners will go on to be crowned as National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2018 and win a whopping cash prize of €25,000 to be re-invested in the important work that the project does in its community.

Good Causes Funding

Nearly 30 cent in €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over Ireland in the area of Sports, Arts and Culture, Heritage, Youth, Health, Community and the promotion of the Irish Language. By playing National Lottery games, you, our players have helped us raise more than €5 billion since 1987. This funding has a huge impact on communities all over the country.

NB: Applications have now closed for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2018. All applicants will be informed of their progress in the competition within the next two weeks. For further questions email

Note: Notwithstanding Clause 5 of the Good Causes Awards Terms & Conditions, due to the number and weighting of entries received it has been decided to split Dublin into Dublin City and Dublin County for the judging process.

Download the full completion rules and T&Cs available here