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National Lottery Awards are looking for lockdown legends

National Lottery Awards are looking for lockdown legends

The 2020 National Lottery Awards are looking for examples of people who were ‘lockdown legends’ this year in their extraordinary response to and impact on their community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

This is the first time that the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery-funded projects will also be honouring individuals who have made a difference. 

The Awards are open to any of the groups and organisations that received one of the nearly 25,000 National Lottery grants awarded in the UK during 2018/19. These grants were worth more than £1.2 billion to good causes.


Nominations open

The National Lottery is now calling for nominations of people who have inspired the public by doing amazing things with the help of National Lottery funding.

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



Award categories

The 2020 National Lottery Awards will recognise outstanding individuals in the following sectors:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Heritage
  • Community/Charity

There will also 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 an entry form through the awards website. Entries must be received by midnight on 19th August 2020.


Jonathan Tuchner from The National Lottery said:

“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.”



Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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