Sports clubs and community sporting groups who received Sport Capital Programme grants in the years 2016 and 2017 are encouraged to apply for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019, North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has said.
Now in its second year, the televised National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019 are open to sports clubs in communities across the country with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding. The awards carry a prize fund of €95,000. The Awards are aimed at honouring the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland.
Applications for the Awards are now open (closing date March 29th) and you can enter and check eligibility at www.lottery.ie/goodcausesawards
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The seven categories are: Sport, Health and Well Being, Arts/Culture, Heritage, Community, Youth Affairs, and Special category: Irish Language. Each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year, which will be one of the seven category winners, will receive an additional €25,000.
Commenting on the Awards, Cllr. O’Shea said: “Approximately 30 cent in every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over Ireland. Last year along more than €27 million was raised – approximately €620,000 a day. Funding from the National Lottery has a hugely positive effect on communities right across Ireland and these Awards, which honours the achievements of projects in receipt of Sport Capital Programme grants.
“There are several eligible sports clubs and sporting community groups in the North Cork area and I would encourage them all to enter,” he added.