National Lottery Award categories

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The National Lottery is making a final plea for local groups to win the jackpot by entering The National Lottery Awards 2012.

The Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. They shine a light on the Lottery-funded organisations changing communities and transforming lives.

Entrants making it to the final of the Awards will be recognised at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One in the autumn. Over 3 million people tuned in to watch the show last year. They will also have a chance to win a £2,000 cash prize.

Jackie O’Sullivan of The National Lottery Awards says: “A staggering £30 million is raised each week for Good Causes by people playing The National Lottery. There are literally thousands of Lottery-funded projects that are doing great work in communities across the UK and are deserving of recognition.

“If a National 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 neighbourhood, then we’d love to hear about it. And who knows, if your project is successful it could be celebrated by the nation later this year.”

There are seven Awards categories - each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Voluntary/Charity.

If you want to nominate a project in this year’s National Lottery Awards or if you are involved in a National Lottery-funded project that wishes to enter, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk or call 0207 293 2128.