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8th July 2020

This year the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Lottery is searching for the nation’s lockdown legends in communities across the UK as part of the 2020 National Lottery Awards.

New figures reveal more than £1.2 billion of National Lottery funding has been invested in good causes across the UK in 2018/19 alone.

Maurice "Morrie" Young, one of the divers who discovered the wreck of the Mary Rose. Photographed at the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth with his National Lottery Local Hero Award 2019.

A total of just under 25,000 National Lottery grants were awarded in the UK during the previous financial year, providing vital support to arts, sports, heritage and community projects.

From today, The National Lottery are calling for nominations of people who have done amazing things with the help of National Lottery funding and are an inspiration to us all.

Winners in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.

Nominate now!

The National Lottery has had a huge impact on life across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players thousands of projects are making an incredible difference to their local communities. “Now, more than ever, people have rallied together, and individuals are performing inspirational acts and extraordinary endeavours to help in cities, towns and villages up and down the country. “Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support communities throughout the UK amid the coronavirus crisis. People have used National Lottery funding in amazing ways during these challenging times. We want to honour them as part of this year’s National Lottery Awards and recognise their selfless dedication and thank them for their fantastic work.

Jonathan Tuchner from The National Lottery is encouraging people across the UK to make their nominations."

Encompassing all aspects of National Lottery good causes funding, the 2020 National Lottery Awards are seeking to recognise outstanding individuals in the following sectors:


And there will be a special Young Hero Award for someone under the age of 18 who has gone that extra mile in their organisation. All nominees must work or act for a National Lottery funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding.

To make your nomination for this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete the nomination form. Entries must be received by midnight on 19th August 2020.

Nominate now!