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National Lottery Awards

Entry for the 2014 National Lottery Awards is now closed

Every year we offer thousands of projects who are changing lives with National Lottery funding the opportunity to tell their story to the nation through the National Lottery Awards. The entry period for the 2014 National Lottery Awards closed on 12 March and we are now shortlisting the submissions for judging in May.

Finalists will be announced in June 2014 - in the mean time find out what happened at last year's fabulous Awards ceremony with Jenny Falconer


About the awards

The Wanted

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery funded projects. Lottery players raise £33 million each week for projects all across the UK and the Awards are a great way to highlight how that funding has changed the UK for the better.

Now in their eleventh year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery funded projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK with the 420,000 grants that have been made since 1994. They also celebrate the talent, hard work and amazing dedication of the people involved in running them.

Awards are given across seven categories, reflecting the different types of projects that benefit from National Lottery funding. These are: Art, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Charity/Voluntary.

How do the Awards Work?


National Lottery funded projects are invited to enter the Awards from 5 February to 12 March 2014. Individuals can also nominate a Lottery funded project that they would like to be entered for an Award. When this happens we will contact the project that has been nominated and ask if they would like to enter, as participation must be voluntary.

All of the entries  will be carefully read and assessed, then  in June an independent judging panel will select up to 10 projects per Awards category to go through to a final round of public voting.

Voting will take place in summer 2014. The project with the most votes in each category will be declared the winner. Voting is independently monitored and adjudicated by Electoral Reform Services.

The winners in each of the seven categories will be invited to a star-studded Awards event to be broadcast on BBC One. In addition to the Lottery funding they have already been awarded, the winners will each receive a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Entrants will be supported by the National Lottery Awards team throughout the process. To find out how entering the Awards can make a big difference to your project watch our film showing the journey of 2013 Charity/Voluntary Award winner My Sister’s Place.


Previous Lottery Award winners

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art


See how Lottery funding transformed a derelict mill on Gateshead quays into an iconic art space for the whole community.

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New Forest Nightstop


This inspirational project helps homeless people to get back on their feet by providing vital emergency accommodation through host families.

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Lifelong Learning at Saltholme


A dedicated RSPB team have helped to preserve some of Teesside’s precious nature whilst connecting people with the wildlife on their doorstep.

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Community Space Challenge


Community Space Challenge offers young people at risk of offending the opportunity to improve their local community spaces through clean-up and make-over events.

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Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum


The Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum is a healthy living centre based in Northern Ireland which has pioneered community-led health improvement since 2001.

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Durlston Castle


Durlston Castle was just years from ruin when National Lottery funding restored it to its former glory as a world-class visitor attraction.

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Back to Netball


England Netball’s Back to Netball programme has helped thousands of women get fitter, make new friends and have fun across the UK.

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