National Lottery funding available to clubs

National Lottery funding available to clubs

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The National Lottery today reminded people across in Co Clare to get their applications in on behalf of their local sports club, project or organisation in their community for the inaugural National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The deadline for entries for this competition, which has a total prize pool of €95,000, is just less than two weeks away, on Friday 13th July.

The significant new Awards initiative will celebrate the extraordinary work being carried out by individuals, organisations and clubs which are making an incredible difference in communities all over Ireland in recent years, with the help of National Lottery-funding.

Speaking on the awards, Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery said: “The entries have been coming in for our Good Causes Awards which has been fantastic. We really are looking to celebrate the role these projects and the people who make them special, play in communities across Co. Clare and the rest of the country. Much of the work that such good causes do often goes unrecognised so we are encouraging beneficiaries who have received National Lottery funding, via the various government departments, apply for the chance to have their vital endeavours honoured.”

Almost 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games – or over €619,000 per day – goes back to Good Causes all over the country in the areas of Sports, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Community, Health, Youth and the Irish Language. Last year alone more than €226 million was raised by players of National Lottery games for such Good Causes

Mr Griffin continued: “The National Lottery is used to celebrating winners. However we have thousands of winners, unsung heroes who work quietly under the radar to make positive change in their community and our Good Causes Awards will reward reflect that dedication and commitment. The deadline for entries is Friday 13th July so let’s hope that date isn’t unlucky for some and that as many organisations get their entry in”.

Individuals, community projects and organisations who received Good Causes funding in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 are eligible to apply. Applications for the Awards are open from today and people can enter and check eligibility at www.lottery.ie/good-causes-awards.

The Awards will have seven categories, with County and Regional finals leading up to the Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday 3rd November.

The six categories are:

Sport

Health and Well Being

Arts/Culture

Heritage

Community

Youth Affairs.

Irish Language (Special award to be announced at the Awards final)

Each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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