JUDGES are on the look out for this year’s community heroes from Tunbridge Wells, to celebrate the inspirational people and organisations that have been supported by National Lottery funding.
In 2021-22 the National Lottery fund gave 19 grants totalling £697,649 to projects across the Borough, providing crucial support to arts, sports, leisure, and community organisation in Tunbridge Wells.
Last year the National Lottery Awards attracted 1,300 entrants to the annual celebration, which commends ordinary people doing extraordinary work with the help of National Lottery funding.
During these challenging times, the awards are hoping to highlight the exceptional work of local heroes who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in their communities.
Any person or group who has received National Lottery funding is eligible to be nominated in the following five categories: Community & Charity; Arts, Culture & Film; Sport; Heritage; Environment; and Young Hero under 25 years.
There will also be a Special Achievement Award to mark the accomplishment of an exceptional individual whose work made the lives of those they help a little bit better in their community.
Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges made up from the National Lottery family and its partners and will be given a £5,000 cash prize as well as the National Lottery Awards trophy.
Also, projects that have benefitted from the National Lottery funding can enter the ‘Project
of the Year’ category where entrants will be shortlisted down to 16 finalists with a UK-wide public vote to decide the winner in September 2023.
To nominate someone for this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses using the hashtag #NLAwards with your suggestions, or complete an entry form by May 16 at: lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards