The National Lottery is reminding people across Kildare to get their applications in on behalf of their local sports club, project or organisation in their community for the inaugural National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The deadline for entries for this competition, which has a total prize pool of €95,000, is just less than two weeks away, on Friday 13 July.
The significant new awards initiative will celebrate the extraordinary work being carried out by individuals, organisations and clubs which are making an incredible difference in communities all over Ireland in recent years, with the help of National Lottery-funding.
Speaking on the awards, Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery said: “The entries have been coming in for our Good Causes Awards which has been fantastic. We really are looking to celebrate the role these projects and the people who make them special, play in communities across Co. Kildare and the rest of the country. Much of the work that such good causes do often goes unrecognised so we are encouraging beneficiaries who have received National Lottery funding, via the various government departments, apply for the chance to have their vital endeavours honoured.”
Almost 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games – or over €619,000 per day – goes back to Good Causes all over the country in the areas of Sports, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Community, Health, Youth and the Irish Language. Last year alone more than €226 million was raised by players of National Lottery games for such Good Causes
The awards will have seven categories, with County and Regional finals leading up to the Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday 3November.
The six categories are:
• Health and Well Being
• Youth Affairs.
• Irish Language (Special award to be announced at the Awards final)
Each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.