What are the National Lottery Awards?

Ever wondered what happens to the millions of pounds raised by National Lottery Players each week? It goes to thousands of extraordinary projects across the UK aimed at helping communities. Since 1994, over 535,000 projects have received funding — the Awards celebrate your favourite projects! There’s a lot to know about The National Lottery Awards, so we’ve answered some of the big questions below.

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The famous ‘Blue Coats’ volunteers holding the National Lottery Awards trophy after Hull UK City of Culture were announced as the Arts category winners.

What are The National Lottery Awards?

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded projects and people. These projects are chosen by you, the Great British public.

The Awards process start in March with Nominations. Anyone can nominate a National Lottery funded project of their choice. From projects that help deprived young people, refugees or those who are homeless, parks, local community centres, apps or sports clubs. National Lottery funded projects can also nominate themselves.

A panel of experts whittle all the Nominations down to around 50 projects in the summer. The public is then invited to vote for their favourite project in each category. This year, the winner in each Category will win £10,000 for their project and gets to appear on the special BBC One National Lottery Awards show in September!

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National Lottery Awards Trophy

How many awards are won at The National Lottery Awards?

We’re currently working on new categories for 2019 but here are the 9 awards categories we used in 2018:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Heritage
  • Sport
  • Charity/Voluntary
  • Athlete of the Year
  • Special Achievement Award
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National Lottery funded athlete Mahama Cho (Right) with Tendayi Madzunzu, the chairperson of The National Lottery Funded Manchester Refugee Support Network

Sounds great — when can I watch the National Lottery Awards?

You can watch the National Lottery Awards on BBC One sometime in the autumn. You’ll be able to meet the extraordinary individuals who make a huge difference to people’s lives across the UK.

If you can’t wait until then, follow us on Facebook and Twitter because we’ll be sharing videos and pictures from former finalists and giving you the latest updates on when you can vote.

You’ll be able to get a behind the scenes peek at the amazing celebs that come out to celebrate the incredible people behind the inspirational projects.

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Kick some balls, a finalist in the sports category of The National Lottery Awards 2018

How can I get involved in The National Lottery Awards?

If you play the National Lottery, then you’re already a part of The National Lottery Awards as you help fund these incredible projects. So far, you’ve raised over £39 billion so thank you!

You can get involved by nominating your favourite project on our website — www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards and by following and using the #NLAwards hashtag on social media.

To hear about The National Lottery’s good causes all year round, follow @LottoGoodCauses on Twitter or sign up for our newsletter here.

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