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National Lottery Awards 2009

Last Updated: Tuesday 10th February 2009, 10:26 am

National Lottery The National Lottery Awards 2009 campaign has been launched by Strictly Come Dancing star Lisa Snowdon, and the search is now on to find the UK’s favourite lottery-funded project. However, it won’t be easy – more than 300,000 projects have been funded with lottery money since the lottery itself was launched in 1994.

All lottery players know that a good percentage of the money they spend on tickets go to Good Causes, but far fewer fully appreciate the diverse range of projects that are actually funded from the ‘good cause’ pot.

“Each week, lottery players raise £25 million for Good Causes,” explained Lisa Snowdon, who is acting as the National Lottery Awards ambassador. “The National Lottery Awards recognise the hard work, talent and amazing dedication of the everyday heroes involved in running lottery-funded projects, both large and small, up and down the UK. So now it’s your chance to make sure your favourite project gets the recognition it deserves.”

Projects that have benefited from lottery grants will be able to enter the competition in one of seven categories: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport or Voluntary/Charity. The public will vote for their favourite projects in two rounds – one in June and one in August, and those that qualify to proceed to the finals will be featured on a prime time BBC1 TV show.

“Whether a local community project has made a positive impact on your neighbourhood or the achievements of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Beijing inspired you, or if you are personally involved in a lottery-funded project that is transforming lives, then now is your chance to nominate,” Lisa said.

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