Waterford community groups, projects and sports clubs encouraged to apply for National Lottery Good Causes Awards

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The National Lottery is reminding people across County Tipperary 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 Friday 13th  July.

The awards initiative celebrates the extraordinary work being carried out by individuals, organisations and clubs which are making an incredible difference in communities, with the help of National Lottery funding.

“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 County Waterford 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, to apply for the chance to have their vital endeavours honoured,” said Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery.

Almost 30 cent of 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 sport, 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.

Individuals, community projects and organisations who received Good Causes funding in 2014, 2015 and 2016 are eligible to apply. Check eligibility online.

The awards will have seven categories, with county and regional finals leading up to the gala awards dinner on Saturday 3rd November. Each category winner will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.