National Lottery Awards seeking nominees

Local organisations that have been successful in winning lottery funding over the last year are being invited to enter this year’s National Lottery Awards

A total of 19 groups attracted £172,000 of National Lottery funding to the county in 2015 with the Forfar Open Garden Scheme, which is creating a therapy garden in the town, being awarded £9,000 to help pay for facilities including mains electricity and a water supply. Other beneficiaries included arts, sports and heritage projects along with a number of community groups.

Any organisation that has received lottery funding now has the possibility of gaining nationwide acclaim by entering the awards. Winners will receive a £3,000 cash prize and national recognition at a ceremony broadcast on BBC One in October.

Awards are given across the seven categories of Sport, Heritage, Arts, Environment, Health, Education and Voluntary/Charity. Anyone wishing to nominate their favourite project can do so by tweeting @LottoGoodCauses with suggestions or calling 0207 293 3599 to find out more and to enter. Entries must be received by midnight on March 9.