Wicklow sports clubs, charities and community projects have just over a week to enter the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019

Pictured at the University of Limerick for the launch of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019 are Olympic hurdler Thomas Barr, Theresa Kavanagh of the Children's Grief Centre (which was awarded Overall Good Cause winner in 2018), and National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin.

Community organisations, sports clubs and projects from Co. Wicklow who benefitted from National Lottery Good Causes funding have just two weeks to apply for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019, with the entry deadline Friday March 29th.

This awards initiative, with a total prize pool of €95,000, honours the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over 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.

National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “Through the National Lottery Good Causes Awards we want to show how ordinary, everyday people, organisations, projects and sports clubs are doing extraordinary things in their communities. This is work that often goes unrecognised and we are encouraging Good Cause beneficiaries to enter these awards to give them the opportunity to have their hard work honoured.”

“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”, he continued.

The awards were launched recently by Irish Olympian hurdler and European Championships bronze medalist (at the 400 metre hurdles), Thomas Barr. At the launch he said: “National Lottery funding has made a huge difference to thousands of sports clubs up and down the country. Irish sportsmen and women, as well as local clubs 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.”

Individuals, community projects and organisations in Co. Wicklow 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 www.lottery.ie/goodcausesawards.

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.
  • Special category: Irish Language

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

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total more than €5.4 billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 31 years ago. In 2018 alone, the National Lottery raised over €227 million for such good causes.

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