Kilkenny organisations who ‘make a difference’ to share €95,000 Lottery fund
THE National Lottery has urged Kilkenny community groups and organisations to enter the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019 – which carry a total prize fund of €95,000.
The major awards initiative, now in its second year, is open to organisations who make an incredible difference in their communities with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding.
Speaking at the Awards launch, Irish Olympian hurdler Thomas Barr said: “As someone who has benefited 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.”
National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin said it’s fitting that the profound impact of Good Causes on villages, parishes, towns and cities all over Ireland, is recognised.
He added: “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.
“National Lottery funding would not be possible if it were not for our players all over the country so I thank them for their continued support. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games – or over €620,000 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 €227 million was raised by players of National Lottery games for Good Causes. We are proud that since the National Lottery was founded 32 years ago more than €5.4 billion has been raised.”
Individuals, community projects and organisations who received Good Causes funding in the years 2016 and 2017 are eligible to apply.
Applications for the Awards are now open. 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, November 2 at the Clayton Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
The seven categories are:
- Health and Well Being
- Youth Affairs.
- Special category: Irish Language
Each category winner will receive €10,000. The overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.