National Lottery Draw Show host, Jenni Falconer, is calling on people to nominate arts projects for the National Lottery
Awards 2012 – the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded Good Causes. New figures reveal that in the last year alone more than £161 million of National Lottery funding has been invested in arts projects around the UK. Jenni is encouraging any organisation – big or small – that has received Lottery funding to enter the Awards. Jenni says: “National Lottery players raise a staggering £30 million every week for Good Causes, much of which goes to supporting a wide range of arts projects up and down the country. These range from funding high profile blockbuster films to supporting community dance and drama groups and paying for new facilities. “The National Lottery Awards recognise the unsung heroes, selfless volunteers and dedicated workers improving lives with Lottery funding. So if you know of an arts project that is making an outstanding impact in your community, we want to hear from you.” The entrants that make it to the finals of The National Lottery Awards will receive national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year. They will also have a chance to win a £2000 cash prize. Dorothy Wilson, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Midlands Arts Centre, a finalist in last year’s Best Arts Project category, said: “Taking part in The National Lottery Awards last year was a great experience. Receiving national recognition for our work gave all our staff and volunteers a real boost – the buzz was amazing! We would definitely encourage other Lottery-funded organisations to get involved no matter how big or small they are. It’s a great opportunity to show the positive difference your project is making with Lottery funding.”The National Lottery Awards have seven categories – each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Arts; Education; Environment; Health; Heritage; Sport and Voluntary/Charity. To nominate a project for recognition in the Best Arts Project category in this year’s National Lottery Awards, or you are involved with a Lottery-funded project and want to enter it, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk to find out more or call 0207 293 2128. Entries must be received by Monday 12 March 2012.