Good Causes Awards - Applications Open
Every year, the Good Causes Awards celebrate the inspirational work carried out by many volunteers, coaches, care givers and extraordinary people across Ireland, along with the organisations they represent.
DEADLINE: Friday March 25th, 6pm.
Qualifying community groups can now apply for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The Awards program, now in its 4th year, is open to any organisation that received ‘Good Causes’ funding between 2017-2021.
Beneficaries will be judged on how the funds were used to make an ever-lasting impact on their local community, project, club, or service users.
The total prize fund for the Awards is €130,000. Each of the 35 national finalists will win €1,000 when they are announced at the National Finals stage this summer.
Who can enter this year’s awards?
You can enter the National Lottery Good Causes Awards if you or your organisation, project or club has received funding through the following National Lottery part-funded schemes between 2017-2021:
Sports – Sports Capital Programme or any funding issued through Sport Ireland
Arts & Culture – Any funding provided through the Arts Council of Ireland
Heritage – Any funding provided through the Heritage Council of Ireland.
Youth – Funding issued by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (i.e. UBU Your Place, Your Space grants, Targeted Youth Funding Schemes or Youth Information Centre’s)
Health – Funding from the HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme
Community – Any National Lottery part-funded scheme administered by Department of Rural & Community Development (Senior Alert Schemes or Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO)
Irish Language – Any Irish Language support provided through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
The seven categories under which beneficiaries can enter are Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Arts & Culture, Heritage, Youth, Community & Irish Language.
Closing date for applications is Friday March 25th, 6pm.
At the Gala award ceremony in October, each of the seven category winners will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will win an additional €25,000.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage, and the Irish Language.
In total more than €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 34 years ago. In 2021 alone, a historic €289 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.