The search is on to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded arts projects

The National Lottery Awards 2011 are now open for entries from Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

The Awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded project.  In the last year alone[1] over £238 million of Lottery funding has been invested in arts and film projects, and now The National Lottery is encouraging these projects, and any other organisation that has received Lottery funding over the past 16 years, to enter the Awards and gain national recognition for their work.

Rebecca Gowrley of The National Lottery Awards, says: “Lottery players raise £28 million every week for projects both large and small, which benefit people, places and communities all across the UK. The National Lottery Awards recognise how Lottery-funded projects put that money to good use and celebrate the people behind the projects who work so tirelessly to make their organisations a success.

“If a Lottery-funded project has had a positive impact on your local area, made a real difference to your life or if you are personally involved with a project that is transforming 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.[2]

Will Sadler, Project Manager of the Beacon Hill Film Project, is joining Rebecca in encouraging Lottery-funded projects to get involved.  The project won the Best Arts Project category in 2010 for giving young people with severe learning difficulties and autism in North Tyneside the chance to develop filmmaking skills. Will says: “Taking part in The National Lottery Awards last year was a great experience and it was fantastic to take home a winner’s trophy.  It was a real boost for all the young people involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work and dedication.   The overwhelming support we received from the public gave the team and all the young people a wonderful sense of achievement.”

The National Lottery Awards have seven categories – each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Sport; Heritage; Arts; Environment; Health; Education; and Voluntary/Charity.

To nominate a project for recognition in the Best Arts Project category in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk to find out more or call 0207 960 6828.  Nominations can be made from 9am on Monday 10 January. Any projects wishing to enter The National Lottery Awards can do so by visiting the website. Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 18 February 2011.

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  1. Millingtons Performng arts college is funded for age 16 to 18 yr olds in neet education. It also runs programs for alternative curriculm via secondry schools. We have a intake of youth young people with personal and social needs. This is usually from no fault of thier own (back ground e.g in care, on the street abuse or personal problems)

    Millingtons has a very strong achievement rate at getting these young people on track, gaining btec qualifications and turning these young people around in life. when they have gone through the system and no one can provide any thing for them. Usually from we dont know what to do with them so we will sign them over to you.

    Due to goverment cuts millingtons has had a knock on effect from this. leading to a possabilty of the excellent program that achieves distinction level results from the young people maybe comming to a end.

    Staff working and not be paid on time . Also due to no funds for re recruitment, but still feeling a duty to these young people who have or have come from nothing to not let them down or give up on them like the system has.Going into work each day because the young people have a passion for dance. That makes them focus on getting back on track because we are their to encourage them to achieve, and be what they want to be.

    Millingtons dance has been a dance shool for almost 70 years. Its in its 3rd generation to the famous come dancing connie millington. her grandson derek owns it now. In 2002 it opened its doors to full time education programs for young peole in performing arts. Offering gnvq and nvq diplomas, in 2004 we branched into NEET education and have outstanding ofstead reports to prove.We now offer foundation learning in p/arts and sport and active leisure. function skills maths english ict. We place secondry school work placements on site for almost all of the secondry schools in merseyside.

    Millingtons is based at 18 merton road bootle sefoft l20 3bn. All the staff have trained at the academy befoer the College) as children By the owner Derek Mayes. Constance Millingtons granddson. We all treat it as our second home. To see Millingtons having to close due to lack of funding will just shatter our hearts as staff and impact on the effect we have at turning young people around current and future. In getting them selfs on track and building a life back into society.

    I would like to end by saying we are a goverment funded company with edexcel and have never recived a grant or funding in all the years we have been in operation.

    If you feel in any way you could help these young people and save Millingtons closing its doors. I would be delighted to hear from you.

    Yours truly

    Karen Moore

    07968178424

    0151 9223322 tue wed thu 9.30am to 4.30pm millingtons land line

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