The National Lottery Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded people and projects, and this year, the actress and TV presenter, Jacqueline Jossa, has joined forces with the National Lottery in the search for inspirational individuals and groups throughout the UK.

A total of 530 National Lottery grants were allocated in this period providing crucial support to arts, sports, heritage and community organisations in the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan local authority areas.

National Lottery funding of more than £11.3 million has been given to good causes in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan in 2019/20 according to new figures released recently to mark the launch of The National Lottery Awards.

Jacqueline, who is known for playing Lauren Branning in BBC’s EastEnders, and winning the nineteenth series of the ITV series I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2019, is encouraging all of us to nominate the people and projects who do extraordinary things in their community with the help of National Lottery funding – especially during these challenging times. 

As we prepare to get our nominations in, Jacqueline told South Wales Life……. 

“I really hope lots of people nominate [a local hero] because these people deserve to be celebrated, especially during these challenging times when many need the support more than ever. So much National Lottery funding goes to great causes and allows these local heroes to continue their inspirational work within our communities and its thanks to National Lottery players that this can continue.”

Former EastEnders and I’m a Celeb Star, Jacqueline Jossa, is urging people to nominate inspirational individuals and groups who do extraordinary things in their community with the help of National Lottery funding

And now the Awards are officially open for entries. Jonathan Tuchner, Director of Lottery Good Causes, sent a letter encouraging people to get their nominations in……..

Dear Sir/Madam

The 2021 National Lottery Awards are now open for entries.

Once again, the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded people and projects will recognise those individuals and organisations who have made an extraordinary impact in their community – especially during these unprecedented times.

National Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good causes and we know this money is being used in amazing and inspiring ways. As part of The National Lottery Awards we want to celebrate those whose selfless dedication and fantastic work makes such a difference in villages, towns and cities across the country.

Encompassing all areas of National Lottery funding, you nominate local legends and hometown heroes in the following categories: culture, arts & film, community/charity, heritage and sport. In addition, there will be a young hero award for someone under the age of 18.

Furthermore, groups or organisations are eligible to enter The National Lottery Project of the Year category, where shortlisted finalists will face a public vote later in the year.

All award winners will receive an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and £3,000 for their organisation.

Nominations can be made by completing an entry form on our website www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. All nominees must have been funded by The National Lottery or be associated with a National Lottery funded project. Entries must be received by midnight on 7 June 2021

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Tuchner
National Lottery Awards
1 Plough Place
London

You may remember that last year, Wasem Said, a doorman and mixed martial arts fighter from Butetown, Cardiff, was named as the UK-wide winner of the Sport Category in the Awards for his inspirational work in helping young people and his community during the pandemic. Wasem opened up the National Lottery supported Tiger Bay Amateur Boxing Club in Butetown two years ago. During the pandemic, he has led a team of young volunteers who have been distributing up to 120 food boxes a week to vulnerable and shielding families.

During the pandemic, Wasem has been leading a team of young volunteers who distributed 120 food boxes a week to vulnerable, shielding families.

Wasim told us….

“It gets the young people motivated instead of them sitting in the house.


Wasem Said from Butetown, Cardiff, was named as the UK-wide winner of the Sport category in the 2020 National Lottery Awards

“It builds a relationship between us and our elders, it helps keep the boys on the straight and narrow and it teaches them at a young age that you have to be good in order to receive good.”

You can read Wasem’s story right HERE.

Last year there were almost 5000 nominations made and, once again, the National Lottery is looking to hear about those who are going the extra mile, doing amazing things and inspiring others. Anyone who has received National Lottery funding is eligible for nomination.

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

Encompassing all aspects of National Lottery good causes funding, the 2021 National Lottery Awards are seeking to recognise outstanding individuals in the following sectors:

  • Culture, Arts & Film
  • Heritage
  • Sport
  • Community/Charity


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.

Winners of these categories will be chosen by a judging panel made up of members of the National Lottery family and partners.

In addition, projects from any sector who have received National Lottery funding are eligible to enter The National Lottery Project of the Year category. Sixteen shortlisted finalists will compete in a UK-wide public vote in September to claim this title.

In ‘normal’ times the Awards Show is always a really well supported event. John Barrowman was a presenter of the National Lottery Awards show a few years ago and is a big supporter of the event. He said at the time…….

“The National Lottery Awards offer an unmissable opportunity to give outstanding projects their time to shine.”

John Barrowman

“All these fantastic projects are funded by National Lottery players – every one of you should feel proud to raise an astounding millions each week, which provides much needed support to such life-changing work.”

And in these difficult times, organisations could do with some extra funding. Winners in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.

Jacqueline Jossa – National Lottery Good Causes

To make your nomination for this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete an entry form through their website HERE. Entries must be received by midnight on 7th June 2021.

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