National Lottery Awards 2016
Entries for The National Lottery Awards 2016 are now open!
Are you a Lottery funded project making a real difference to people, places or communities? Then enter one of seven categories: Arts, Education, Environment, Heritage, Health, Sport and Voluntary/Charity.
Winners receive a £3,000 prize for their project and star in a BBC One television show.
Deadline for entries is midnight 9 March.
The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery funded projects. Lottery players raise £34 million each week for projects all across the UK and the Awards are a great way to highlight how that funding has changed the UK for the better.
Now in their twelfth year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery funded projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK with the 450,000 grants that have been made since 1994. They also celebrate the talent, hard work and amazing dedication of the people involved in running them.
Awards are given across seven categories, reflecting the different types of projects that benefit from National Lottery funding. These are: Art, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Charity/Voluntary.
National Lottery funded projects are invited to enter the Awards. Individuals can also nominate a Lottery funded project that they would like to be entered for an Award. When this happens we will contact the project that has been nominated and ask if they would like to enter, as participation must be voluntary.
All of the entries will be carefully read and assessed, then an independent judging panel will select up to 10 projects per Awards category to go through to a final round of public voting.
Voting will takes place in the summer. The project with the most votes in each category will be declared the winner. Voting is independently monitored and adjudicated by Electoral Reform Services.
The winners in each of the seven categories will be invited to a star-studded Awards event to be broadcast on BBC One. In addition to the Lottery funding they have already been awarded, the winners will each receive a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project.
Entrants will be supported by the National Lottery Awards team throughout the process.