Kildare clubs invited to enter the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019

Sports clubs and community projects

Kildare clubs invited to enter the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019

Irish Olympic hurdler Thomas Barr takes a leap to celebrate inspiring work in communities all over Ireland thanks to Good Causes funding

Community organisations, sports clubs and projects from Kildare who benefited from National Lottery Good Causes funding are now invited to apply for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019. 

This awards initiative, which was recently launched by Irish Olympian hurdler Thomas Barr, and honours the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Kildare and Ireland.

The National Lottery Good Causes Awards is now in its second year and is open to organisations making an incredible difference in their communities with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding. The televised awards carry a prize fund of €95,000.

Individuals, community projects and organisations in Kildare which received Good Causes funding in the years 2016 and 2017 are eligible to apply. Applications for the Awards are now open and people can enter and check eligibility at    

The Awards will have seven categories, with County and Regional finals leading up to the Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday 2nd November in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge in Dublin.

The seven categories are: Sport; Health and Well Being; Arts/Culture; Heritage; Community; Youth Affairs and Irish Language

Each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.

Speaking at the Awards launch at the University of Limerick sports grounds, Barr said: ““As someone who has benefitted hugely from National Lottery Good Causes funding in my career, I am delighted to be associated with these important Awards.  I can see the impact of National Lottery funding all over the country, and its role in supporting Athletes preparing for major competitions including the Olympics.”

He added: “Irish sportsmen and women need to be funded in order to reach their full potential and the contribution of National Lottery Good Causes grants to sporting organisations in particular has been immense. And it’s not just elite athletes who benefit as this funding has made a huge difference to thousands of sports clubs up and down the country. The variety and breath of National Lottery support is impressive with the arts, culture, youth and the Irish language also benefitting.”

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