The National Lottery is calling on community projects, youth projects, charities, sports clubs, arts and heritage organisation all over Ireland to get their entries in for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards ahead of the extended deadline on Friday 27th November.
National Lottery Good Causes Awards, with its total prize fund of €95,000, honours the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland, who, with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding, have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities.
The deadline for the awards is fast approaching organisations have until 5pm on Friday 27th November to get their entries in.
Jennifer Crowe, CSR and Good Causes Relationship Manager of the National Lottery said: “Now in its third year the National Lottery Good Causes Awards have always aimed to shine a light on beneficiaries of National Lottery funding. This year in particular, it is even more important to do so. All of the entries so far have been incredible and we are really looking forward to sitting down with the judging panel and discovering more about the extraordinary work being done in communities all over Ireland. The difficult process of judging will take place in December and the 36 finalists going forward to the National Finals will be informed before Christmas. Good luck to everyone!”
The final awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 27th March 2021 in the Mansion House in Dublin City Centre. The finale will be presented by broadcaster and journalist, Grainne Seoige and the competition’s judging process will be chaired by Lotto presenter and RTÉ weather broadcaster, Nuala Carey.
When launching the awards earlier this year, Nuala Carey said: “The National Lottery is used to celebrating winners. However we have thousands of winners, unsung heroes, who work quietly under the radar to make positive change in their communities and these Awards reflect that dedication and commitment. I was lucky enough to witness this having being on the judging panel for the national finals of the Good Causes Awards for the past two years so this year I am thrilled to be chairing the panel of judges.”
Individuals, community projects and organisations who received Good Causes funding between the years 2014 to 2019 (inclusive) are eligible to apply. Applications for the Awards are now open and people can enter and check eligibility at www.lottery.ie/goodcausesawards.
The Awards will have seven categories which will culminate to an awards luncheon on Saturday 27th March 2021 in the Round Room in the Mansion House in strict adherence to Government health guidelines with regard to COVID-19.
The seven categories are:
- Health and Well Being
- Youth Affairs.
- Special category: Irish Language
Each of the seven category winners receiving €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year winning an additional €25,000.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. In total more than €5.8 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago. In 2019 alone, €250 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.