The National Lottery Awards 2011 now open for entries

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 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.