National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2024 Now Inviting Applications Until 12 April

Posted on 3 Apr 2024

The National Lottery are seeking entries to this year’s Good Causes Awards. The competition will culminate with a National Final awards ceremony which will take place on 12 October 2024 in Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare.

The new deadline is Friday 12 April.

Who can enter this year’s awards?

You can enter the National Lottery Good Causes Awards if you or your organisation, project or club has received funding through the following National Lottery part-funded schemes between 2019-2023:

  • Sport – Winning through inclusion
    This category is open to any sports club who received a Sports Capital Programme Grant (Capital or Equipment) or any organisation who received funding issued through Sport Ireland.
  • Arts & Culture - Celebrating Irish creativity
    This category is open to any individual or organisation who received a grant from the Arts Council of Ireland.
  • Heritage – Protect, preserve and promote
    This category is open to any organisation who received a grant from the Heritage Council of Ireland.
  • Youth - Nurturing Ireland’s next generation
    This category is open to any organisation or youth club who received funding from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth through a UBU Your Place, Your Space grant, the Targeted Youth Funding Schemes or Youth Information Centres.
  • Health and Wellbeing – Promoting healthier and happier communities
    This category is open to any organisation or community group who received funding through the HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme.
  • Community – Enriching the fabric of Irish Life
    This category is open to any organisation who received National Lottery Good Causes funding through the Department of Rural and Community Development, namely the SSNO grants (Support National Organisations) or the Senior Alert Schemes.
  • Irish Language - Cothú grá na cainte
    This category is open to any organisation who received an Irish Language Support grant issued through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

There is a total prize fund of €135,000 available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that might be making you hesitate about getting your Good Causes Awards application in to us.

I’ve never received funding from the National Lottery, so why would I be eligible?

Good question! 

Many people don’t know this, but certain government departments and bodies are part-funded by the National Lottery Good Causes – and if you’ve received funding from one of them between 2019 and 2023, you’re eligible to enter our Good Causes Awards 2024.

You can check your eligibility here – if you’re not showing up and you think you should be, reply to this email and we can doublecheck it for you.

I don’t think I have time – how long will the application take me to complete?

Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those forms that is pages and pages long!

After you’ve filled in the basic details of your organisation/club/project, you will have four questions to answer – and you need to write a MAXIMUM of 150-250 words per question. 

If you have a spare 20-30 minutes, you’ll get it done.  You can register and get started here.

Can I send multiple entries?


If your organisation has used the funding to support different projects, you’re welcome to put in a separate entry for each programme/project.

I have another question…

No problem!  Just reply to this email or call Emma on 01-9204372 and we’ll have some answers for you.

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